Quarantine Workout from Home Tips

The world is changing and we have to be ready to pivot at a moment’s notice. We must get healthy. We must get fit.

During this time, when we’re isolated in our homes due to the PANDEMIC of the Corona Virus, it is critical – especially with the increased caloric intake we’re experiencing from quarantine snack consumption.

Nothing is working in our favor. Some of us are alone or watching children. Some of us don’t have jobs, some of us have the stress of working from home. Gyms have temporarily closed. But, don’t let that stop you from working on your fitness. And if you’re not motivated, in pain or just don’t know where to start, don’t make excuses. You can’t afford to make excuses. You’ve got this.

Would you believe that before I started working out (almost daily), I was doing chair exercises? You have to start somewhere. 

There are plenty of options for staying fit during this time right in the comfort of your home. Here are my quarantine workout from home tips:

  1. Get outside to garden. Growing your own food is so healthy and saves you money. Plus, you won’t have to make as many dreaded trips to the market. I have my own inside and outdoor garden and I love it.
  2. Lawn games or group workouts with your family. Anything goes. It’s all about living an active lifestyle, right? Try non-contact activities during this time.
  3. Go for a walk around your neighborhood or find a nearby park that’s less populated so that you can maintain distance from others.
  4. Youtube.com has free exercise videos from yoga to aerobics to weight training, and more.
  5. Create the latest trending TikTok video or just turn on the radio and dance or jump around for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Get to some of that spring cleaning you’ve been putting off can tackle two things at the same time. Whatever you choose, do something.

Anything on this list will help boost your immunity and mood if nothing else during this time of quarantine. Try doing it early to set the tone for your day. Pick one each day and get ready to feel amazing. 

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3 Ways to Get ORGANIC Produce at a Value

So you want to eat organic and think it’s a little expensive? I did too. Even shopping for myself alone, without adding my kids, my bill was getting pretty high.
I just don’t get it. There’s no added chemicals, the food isn’t modified and we’re paying more. How weird is that?
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The goal is always healthier choices without the heftier prices, right? Well, I achieved this and I wanted to share how I’m able too eat organic at a low cost. 

  1. Value Chain Grocers 

I turned to an affordable grocer that I’ve always looked to for saving some coins: Aldi (Aldi South). This market has been really working hard to add more organic products to their offering and have banned quite a few pesticides. Another option is Aldi’s sister store, Trader Joe’s (Aldi North). This market prides itself with its large organic selections. These two are money savers.

 

Quick Tip:

I thought I was out of the toxic-produce woods with all the organic options available at these spots until I heard about the dirty dozen list.

What are the dirty dozen? These are foods that probably be better for you if you buy them organic. These foods usually have then skins or mainly leaves that tend to absorb the chemicals easier when they are sprayed. The list includes; strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes. This list is helpful because if I only buy these foods organic, that really helps with the grocery bill.

The rest of my produce is typically non-organic. I just have to remember to especially wash those non-organic veggies. The pesticides and chemicals used on them are way more highly toxic to your body.

2. Farmers Markets

Another option for finding organic produce at a value includes farmer’s markets. Shopping local is so important for each regional economy and helps ensure freshness. Plus, these markets usually have a wide variety of foods to select from.

For those of you who still eat meat, some even have meat products from grass-feed animals who weren’t subjected to cruelty.

In St. Louis, Missouri, there are several that make buying organic groceries feel so effortless and affordable. Also, a lot of farmer’s markets have live music and other vendors selling their wares, making the experience so much fun!

3. Growing at Home

Something I decided to do was grow my own. I’ve been growing whatever is in season for some years now.

I don’t grow everything but some of those dirty dozen foods are not that hard to grow. Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, spinach, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens…

You name it! (JK)

Just look at that Zucchini in the picture, only compost was used to fertilize THAT. And seriously, you can grow all year long with the right set up. I know, It’s not for everyone but, it helps me keep my costs down.

I even grow indoors using a hydroponic gardening system. But we’ll get to that some other time. 

Truly, organic is the way to go! The body doesn’t need all those extra toxins to deal with on top of air pollution and God knows what else. I hope these three options (value chain grocers, farmer’s markets and home growing) help you stay healthy and keep some money in your pocket.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow my journey on IG: @teatimewithmemaw!