I know I am not alone in this, but I am tired of ominous headlines containing the “C” word and the “P” word. So, I chuckled aloud when a friend referred to “the COVID-19” as the amount of weight she gained during the pandemic. Sometimes, you just gotta laugh!
That is, until you are ready to face reality.
At the end of December I noticed I was wearing yoga pants daily, not because I was regularly practicing yoga, or lazy, or playing with my kids. Unwittingly, I had let “the COVID-19” slip into my life, and my regular pants were uncomfortably tight.
I take a tiny bit of comfort knowing that I am not alone in letting the quarantine disrupt my normally healthy habits. A report from the National Institutes of Health indicates that 22% of adults reported gaining weight during the pandemic. Respondents noted disruptions that lead to weight gain, like lack of sleep, less physical activity, more snacking to relieve stress and boredom. That sounds familiar!
In addition, a survey from the RAND Corporation shows that drinking alcoholic beverages is up by 14% in adults over the age of 30, and doctors are reporting an increase in neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pains over pre-COVID-19 days.
My muffin top was a warning that I had to get back to my former healthy lifestyle before my health began to suffer in other ways. But, returning to old habits isn’t that easy when the gym is closed and you are working from home.
At the beginning of January, I made three simple changes:
These three simple changes helped me get better quality sleep, increased my mental sharpness and creativity, and got me back in my jeans in about three weeks.
Summer is coming, and I have faith that we will all be back to the beach. A few simple, consistent changes in habits now will help counteract “the COVID-19,” and make sure you are ready for bathing suit season.
Author: Jennifer Mallory 2022