Einstein said: ‘If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you probably don’t understand it yourself.’

Well…I’m very confident with years of experience, to explain in six-year-old speak the benefits of health and fitness. The secret of my success with six-year-olds is attributed to parents who regulate their children’s diet and physical activity – daily.

Unfortunately, we adults are left unchecked and over time, life moves us towards entropy, a state of dis-regulation.

I have enjoyed the cocoon of quarantine, leaving care to a later time, sinking deeper into the comfort of track pants and woolly boots. Whiling away time with food and drink… what bliss!

A “later time” has arrived and with it, the rude shock of having to re-enter the real world significantly amassed. Proving profoundly, the human body is adept at storing the excess of living a sedentary life.

Here are my “reasons” for my lockdown weight gains:

  • Comfort eating: Eating for the feel-good and not for hunger
  • Less active: While still maintaining my exercise program, in general, my home bound physical exertion has dramatically decreased
  • Eating foods I wouldn’t normally eat. “Treat” foods brought for in-house enjoyment, made snacking in limbo a feel-good solution.
  • Boredom, boredom and boredom…
  • Lack of routine; it wasn’t easy to maintain a structure in these unprecedented times and days went by reacting to what was, instead of planning for what is.
  • Drinking more alcohol than usual, every day seemed like Saturday without the obligation of an early morning rise.
  • Feeling stressed and anxious for the great unknown and powerless to affect change.
  • A lack of contact with others meant my “reasons” for short term solutions were not examined or questioned.

Coming back to reason means taking an objective and non-judgmental look at life under lockdown and know positive change can be made with whole food nutrition and daily exercise.

Look forward to the days ahead, active again and living life with WELLth! To get your FREE beginner 9 minute cardio, core and strength workout, the link is below.

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Written by Anna: Nutritionist and Exercise Coach @SquareBoxFitness.com