Staying Healthy at Home
Mercy Fitness Center is now open! The fitness center will abide by all state, local, and medical facility guidelines. Visit our FAQ page to learn more and see updated hours of operation.
If you’re not ready to return to the fitness center, we will continue to update the resources on this page to help you stay healthy at home. Use these tips and articles to support a healthy immune system, keep a positive outlook, and maintain the progress you’ve made toward your fitness goals.
Staying healthy requires that we understand what our health and fitness goals will require of us.
A big part of maintaining a positive mindset in times of uncertainty is that we acknowledge the stress we’re facing and how it’s affecting each family member. Each person’s response to stress is unique, but can include difficulty concentrating or sleeping, volatile emotions, and an overall decline in healthy immune response.
- + Follow this 5-step plan to adjust your workouts and mindset to fit your new daily routine.
- + Try a simple breathing exercise to practice calm.
- + If you’re in a position of leadership (and you probably are), here’s why making time for a workout can make you a better leader.
- + Take the EXOS 15-Day Healthy Lifestyle Challenge to make it easier to stick with healthy habits.
- + You may not be ready to come back to the fitness center, and that’s OK. Explore how the EXOS 4-pillar approach can help you and your family combat anxiety and build a positive mindset.
Nutrition supports the muscles, brain, and immune system.
You’re only as healthy as the fuel you put into your body! Especially when under stress, our bodies need the right fuel to support brain, muscle, and immune system function. Take charge of your family’s nutrition by focusing on what you can control: avoiding constant snacking, hydrating with plenty of water throughout the day, and eating nutritious meals together.
- + Fuel your body with pre-workout nutrition.
- + Hydrate to maintain healthy brain, muscle, and immune function.
- + Focus on 5 things you’re almost doing right when it comes to diet.
- + Check out this EXOS guide to fueling your family.
- + Good fat fuels a healthy brain and body. Don’t fear fat!
- + Proper nutrition can help combat stress and anxiety for you and your family. Read about the EXOS 4-pillar approach to reducing anxiety through nutrition in part two of our four-part blog post series.
Whenever possible, get outside for fresh air and sunshine.
Take time out from the confines of your home whenever you can. Take a walk, play a game with your family, and enjoy a change of scenery. Fitness Center and Sports Performance members also have free access to EXOS’ virtual fitness partner, Wellbeats, through April 30. Check your email for access information.
- + These exercises can help improve the way you walk and run while preventing injury.
- + Fine-tune your entire approach to home fitness with 20 tried-and-true tips.
- + Watch this quick video from EXOS for ideas about how to get your family moving.
- + Check out the EXOS Livestream Schedule and RSVP for a variety of workouts and mindset sessions. There’s something for everyone!
- + Missing time in the pools? Try these EXOS Pillar Strength movements and get ready to be stronger than ever in the water, and out!
- + Movement is an essential pillar of total health. Learn more about how movement can help limit the anxiety-causing effects of stress.
- + Join our trainers and fellow members for a Quarantine to 5K challenge, and set your own level and pace!
The value of adequate sleep, as well as active and passive recovery, can’t be overstated.
Maintain healthy sleep and purposeful recovery habits while at home. That could include keeping a normal work and school schedule, limiting screen time within an hour of bedtime, and even setting an alarm to keep a waking routine. Keeping waking and sleeping schedules as close to normal as possible will also make it easier to transition back to work and school when the time comes.
- + Practice active recovery on days you’re not working out.
- + Use a tennis ball and these 8 movements to loosen tight muscles.
- + Too many video calls can be a pain in the neck. Watch this video from EXOS to learn neck stretches to combat neck pain.
- + Give your body an intensity break with these Mindful Movement exercises from EXOS.
- + Learn more about the role recovery plays in a 4-pillar, “whole-person” approach to overcoming anxiety.
Looking for more tips and ideas for yourself and your family? Follow Mercy Fitness Center – Edmond I-35 on Facebook for the workout ideas, recipes, and motivation you need to stay healthy and active at home. Plus, check out our blog for more helpful articles and resources, and feel free to share with friends!