The lock-downs are slowly easing in most of the countries. We are getting ourselves out for work. But many are feeling that they are not feeling the same stamina, as they work, that they had pre-lock-down. It is natural to lose the stamina, as we were locked up around 3 months inside. But now, it is time to revive ourselves. Here come some systematic tips to increase your stamina.
Keep a regular food timing
It makes a world of difference to our system which is closely linked to the solar clock. Set your meal timings and stick to them keeping a leeway of 30 minutes up or down. Eating at regular hours means the energy levels remain steady and don’t sway from highs to lows. This will help your body rhythm settle down; it will balance out the hormones, keeping you energized.
Have nutrient rich food
One of the best things that happened during lockdown was that we were eating fresh home-cooked food with mostly fresh ingredients. We learnt to make pizzas and burgers at home but all with fresh and healthy ingredients. Any food that is closest to its natural form, least processed and seasonal is the best for your health. Cheat meals were rare. Nutrient-rich food adds health while processed and refined foods add empty calories leaving you without energy and feeling low. Fermented foods add good bacteria that keep our gut healthy and the absorption of nutrients efficient.
Drink lots of water
This lock down merges with the summer onset and we are prone to dehydration. Even a mild dehydration leaves us exhausted; therefore, one must take adequate fluids, and a plain glass of water is the best option. But if just having water is monotonous, you can have fresh lemon water, coconut water, fresh iced tea, jaljeera or aam panna without sugar or with the minimum amount of sugar. Bael sherbet is another amazing drink that you can try. Again, while rediscovering food, I am sure you must have found a lot of traditional summer drinks that need very little work and are super hydrating. But keep the caffeine to the minimum!
More nuts and seeds, more stamina
Nuts and seeds are a ‘yes’ in summer too. You can soak them if you believe they are “garam” in summers. You can even add nuts to your summer drinks. Almond thandai is a healthy drink and you can even have it in summers. We just need one ounce of nuts and seeds per day – meaning 15-20 almonds, one walnut and a teaspoon of seeds. Nuts add healthy fats, fibre, protein and most importantly, antioxidants, which are known to clean up the free radicals from our system. They are great for boosting immunity too.
What else – exercise!
The ones, who have taken this time to do nothing in the exercise space, need to restart. Never mind where you were when the lockdown happened, you need to start all over again. Don’t get back to the high level of exercise immediately – get there slowly. And the ones, who have maintained a mid-level of exercise, can go on to the next level, but gradually.
All you have to remember is to keep your mind fresh and positive. Plus, take these tips and you will be the fittest. Believe that all the unrests in this pandemic life will be over someday. We will be back to action.