5 Ways To Supercharge Yourself At Home
There are more ways than one to keep your body, mind and soul supercharged while you're confined in your home
Move Your Body
Avoid feeling sluggish by increasing your heart rate, body temperature and circulation of white blood cells with simple core training, yoga, pilates and other home compatible workouts. Moving your body is essential in destroying harmful pathogens. But any exercise done for 75 minutes or longer at a high intensity causes a spike in hormones, which can compromise the immune system. So a balance of low and high intensity is key.
Consume Immune-Boosting Supplements
While vitamin C is high on the list when it comes to fighting off colds, we also recommend nourishing your body with immunity-boosting supplements such as zinc and vitamin D. Zinc may help shorten the lifespan of the common cold as well as support the immune cells' activities, while vitamin D may protect against respiratory infections. For a peace of mind, replenishing vitamin C is a great way to increase flagging energy levels. You can get these nutrients naturally from whole grains, nuts, dairy, fatty fishes such mackerels and tuna, berries, dark chocolates, green leafy vegetables and green apples.
Read, Paint, Watch or Listen
Supercharging yourself mentally is important too, so we recommend listening to a podcast, watch good shows on Netflix, read a book or apply your creative talent on a canvas. Some of our recommendations:
1. Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield (Book)
2. Serial (Podcast)
3. Lady Bird By Greta Gerwig (Netflix)
Observe Proper Hygiene Routine
Disinfect surfaces regularly and avoid sharing items. If you have to step out of the house, make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (about the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice) with soap and use sanitisers with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Get Enough Sleep
Ample sleep and a balanced circadian system (the body and brain’s sleep/wake cycle) improve the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines (substances secreted by the immune system) and killer cells, improving the body’s ability to fight off infections.