It seems like only yesterday that we were ordered to shelter in place because of COVID-19.
Now, people everywhere are gearing up for the end of lockdowns and rejoining a world that is yet to fully shake off the threat of a disruptive killer virus. Of course, after months in quarantine, you’ll want to be at your absolute best as you venture out into the wild—not to mention being strong and healthy enough to fend off further risks of infection. In fact, even if you’re not exactly planning to take the new normal by storm and only intend to ease into it for the time being, it will still serve you to put your best foot forward. So without further ado, here’s how you can get yourself ready for what’s out there without breaking the bank.
With COVID-19 far from vanquished, it’s more important than ever to be at your healthiest and your fittest. The reason for this is simple enough. When you’re fit and healthy, your immune system is at the top of its game, giving your body a fighting chance at warding off viruses, including the coronavirus. Moreover, the risk of contracting other diseases is also greatly reduced, which is very important as COVID-19 has more serious implications for those with underlying health conditions.
With this in mind, your diet is one of the most important considerations as good health really does begin in the kitchen; ergo, what you put into your body. Now, being in quarantine or having to social distance can make it somewhat more challenging to acquire fresh and healthy food at fair prices and, by extension, eat clean. However, you may be surprised at how it’s more than possible to prepare well-balanced meals without having to spend more in groceries, using the stuff you already have in your pantry, like soup and sandwiches, a healthier mac-n-cheese bowl, and even an empty-the-pantry stew.
Of course, regular exercise is equally important, if you want to feel and look your best. If there’s one thing that the lockdown has proved, it’s that working out at home is relatively easy to do, thanks to the many and often free virtual exercise classes available. Now might also be a good time to start getting more sunshine and fresh air by working out outside—as long as you take social distancing and safety precautions, that is. If you need some extra motivation for your workouts, why not treat yourself to some new athletic wear? Stores like Nordstrom Rack or Target are great places to score quality active wear without paying a fortune.
Now, aside from keeping you healthy, it’s a known fact that diet and exercise can also do wonders to make you look like a million bucks. It’s also the most foolproof way to fend off the dreaded quarantine-15 weight gain, which is definitely not a bad way to come out of lockdown.
Doubtless, not to be overlooked is good old-fashioned skincare. In fact, every self-care routine should have some focus on the skin—though, it’s also perfectly understandable if this has fallen by the wayside while you’re in isolation. But as you get ready for the world at large, it’s a great idea to start paying more attention to your beauty regimen. Thankfully, you can find quality skincare products at affordable prices through sites like Morganna’s Alchemy.
After months in lockdown, it can, indeed, be hard to wrap your head around having to leave the safety of home to brave the outside, not-quite-virus-free world. For this reason, it’s absolutely crucial to do whatever it takes to stick to your healthy habits and routines, as well as to maintain social distancing practices. For instance, even if you’re already raring to go back to the gym, keep working out at home or outdoors for the time being as it’s not only safer, but also free. Or you can hold off on dining out for now and save money in the process. The possibilities are endless!
Indeed, the lockdown was going to end eventually, and whether the world is ready for it or not remains to be seen. But the most important thing is, you are prepared, and that is by staying healthy, looking great, and not blowing through your budget. Good luck!
Author: Brad Krause