OK People, let’s be honest and I am willing to go first. I have gained….wait for it or should I say “weight” for it…ten (10) pounds since the Covid Pandemic began. I went to my daughters house one day and stepped on her scale (don’t have one at my house) and I gasp and immediately said, “Your scale is not right! I don’t weigh that much” She laughed and replied “My scale is not broken and yes you do, my scale is brand new!” To which I replied ” That doesn’t mean its not broken, maybe its configured wrong.” I knew that it wasn’t but I was still shocked and even though for my height, I could stand the weight, it still didn’t sit right with me.
Your turn and be truthful. The last seven months have been extremely stressful for all of us and although many of us might think we have it under control because we might eat everyday, work everyday and have a roof over our heads, doesn’t mean we are not experiencing some form of stress. Take that stress and quadruple it for the millions of Americans that don’t have these things and are struggling from day to day. No guilt trip intended but any person with an ounce of empathy is feeing the impact of this Pandemic.
It is a known fact that overeating is one way that stress presents resulting in weight gain. You say that you don’t overeat, but are still gaining weight. Depression is also another factor when it comes to weight gain as well as lack of exercise. Here are some things that can help you if you’ve noticed that you have begun to pack on the pounds and in words taken from one of my favorite movies “What About Bob” take “Baby Steps.”
TAKE A WALK! Just get out. Fall is here and the weather is changing. The mornings and evenings are getting cooler and if you are like me and can’t take the heat, these are the perfect hours for walking. Walk in your neighborhood or take advantage of walking trails near you. One of the great things about walking is the time you have to clear your head, set some goals, figure things out or just enjoy the change in the season. Walking improves your breathing, is great for your heart, strengthens leg muscles and tones your waist and arms. You don’t have to power walk, just pace yourself and eventually, if that is your goal, you will get there. The important thing is that you are off the couch.
PLANT A GARDEN OR WORK IN YOUR YARD!
OMG, I started a Garden. Thats not it. Nothing yet though the tomatoes look promising. Muscles are being used that I thought were in shape. Great for your back, arms, calves, and thighs. Not to mention , if you choose gardening, the healthy harvest you will reap from your efforts.
I HOPE YOU DANCE!
Whether you are young or old, Dancing makes everyone happy and is great for burning calories. Put on your favorite songs and go for it. Not only will it help you to lose weight if you do it everyday, it will also help with mood as listening to music releases feel good endorphins into the blood stream and reduces cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Dancing also releases dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin, also chemicals that are great for your brain.
So don’t let your Covid Weight get you down. Get up and get moving and remember, during this time, every good deed you do will always come back to you in a blessing.