Last Saturday, the first US death from Coronavirus took the life of a man in his 50s. According to a health officer who spoke at the Center for Disease Control’s press briefing, the victim had a “significant, chronic underlying health condition.” This is the most common factor between all 14 Coronavirus related deaths that have occurred in America this week.
The global outbreak of the virus has spread to over 50 countries and caused over 3000 deaths worldwide. We all should be concerned, but running to buy a family pack of face masks isn’t the answer. Solid nutrition, fitness, and healthy habits are the key. The people most at risk are those who already have medical issues (like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease). Fortunately, we’ve compiled resources below to help you be your physical best to combat any virus!
What Is Coronavirus
COVID-19 Coronavirus is a respiratory virus, which can easily be spread like the flu. The easiest ways for it to enter your body are through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Symptoms include: developing a fever, cough, fatigue, headaches, and possibly diarrhea. While there have been fatalities and there isn’t currently a vaccine to get rid of Coronavirus, most of the documented cases have been mild with patients recovering within 2-3 weeks.
Focus on Your Fitness
People who workout regularly are less susceptible to getting the virus. Since Coronavirus is a respiratory virus, you want to have a strong lung capacity which you can get through exercise. Working out increases the blood flow to your lungs, which makes the lungs push more oxygen into your blood.
Numerous gyms have sent out emails in relation to the outbreak, describing their sanitation methods & urging sick patrons to stay home. You can avoid exposure to others’ germs altogether by working out at home with BeachBody On Demand. Autumn’s 80 Day Obsession, 21 Day Fix, and 21 Day Fix Extreme will get your body in healthy form from the comfort of your living room. You can also try Autumn’s Country Heat, if you want to spice things up while changing your fitness routine.
Immune Boosting Nutrition
- Take Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc
- Balance your macronutrients to make sure you’re fueling your body correctly
- Portion control so you aren’t overloading your digestive system
- Reduce highly processed foods from your diets
- Eat natural immune boosting foods like broccoli, citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, etc), bell peppers, nuts, chickpeas
- Disinfect surfaces in your home and where you work
- Use different cutting boards for raw and cooked meats
- Consume anti-viral foods like garlic, ginger, coconut oil, and berries
- Limit your sugar intake
If this feels like a lot to retain, an easier option is to check out Autumn’s Ultimate Portion Fix premium nutrition program. She basically did all the work for you, so you can start getting the right portion of food for your body’s nutritional needs in less than 30 days!
Develop Healthier Daily Habits
- Stop touching your face. The CDC has put out a warning since it is easy to transfer bacteria from your hands to your face, subconsciously.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for longer than 30 seconds. Try singing happy birthday twice.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep
- Carry hand sanitizer for the times when you can’t use soap and water.
- Only wear a face mask if you have symptoms of the virus or are taking care of someone who is sick.
- If you feel sick, stay home. Unless your symptoms are severe, you don’t need hospitalization.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue handy.
The stronger your body is, the less likely you will catch any virus. Don’t wait until there’s an outbreak to adopt healthy habits!