Staying healthy at home

Wellness Center director offers tips on staying fit while learning remotely

When it comes to fitness and a healthy lifestyle, Wellness Center director Angie Reay is proud of how important the Redwine Wellness Center has become for that objective at MSU Texas.
The Center closed March 19 in response to the state’s measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. It's a change, but Reay is spreading that word that wellness is something that can be achieved regardless of location.
She suggests movement inside and outside daily, prescribing fresh air that will lead to a refreshed mind. And she has some ideas about how to avoid constant snacking in front of your electronics, too.

 

Q: What workouts are easy to do even without the machines you might have at a gym? 

A: We have posted multiple at home workouts on our social media (@MSUTexasRec on Twitter; msutexasrec on Instagram) . Any body weight activity, push-ups, squats, lunges, and crunches can help.  

Q: Is getting outside still essential? 

A: I do suggest getting outside and walking, jogging, or running. Getting outside is great for fresh air, vitamin D, improved sleep, less anxiety, and improved focus.  

 

 workout list: 50 jumping jacks, 30 jumping lunges, 20 burpees, 40 mountain climbers, 30 squats, 20 hop overs, 50 jumping jacks, 20 jumping lunges, 10 burpees, 30 mountain climbers, 30 squats, 20 hope overs, 50 jumping jacks, 20 jumping lunges, 10 burpees, 20 mountain climbers, 20 squats, 20 hope overs

Q: What are diet tips you’d pass along?  

A: Plan your meals. Make half your plate veggies and fruits, even if you can only get frozen or canned at this time, fresh if you can. Include whole grains, lean protein (chicken, turkey, lean red meat), health snacks (nuts, fruit, hummus, veggies), and good fats. 

Really try not to graze or snack throughout the day. Plan your meals out and have a designated spot in your house or apartment to eat. Try not to mindlessly eat in front of technology. 

  workout: run 1 mile, 20 push-ups, run 1/2 mile, 20 air squats, run 1/4 mile, 20 burpees, run 1/4 mile, 20 air squats, run 1/2 mile, 20 push-ups, run 1 mile

Q: How to stay active while social distancing? 

There are multiple ways to work out, but you can always FaceTime or use a video platform to work out with your friends.  Being outside is great, but limit who you go with and practice social distancing around others. Stay clear of large groups. 

  

Q: How often should a person get up and stretch? 

A: It is recommended that you get up and move at least every 30 minutes. Stretch, meditate, get away from technology, take a walk. 

Warm up - 50 jumping jacks, dynamic stretch (take 60 seconds rest between sets), 3 sets of push-ups to failure, 3 sets of 20 alternating walking lunges, 3 sets vo V-push ups to failure, 3 sets of 20 altnerating jump lunges, 3 sets of 1 minute kneeling to standing, 3 sets of 90-second wall sit, 3 sets of 15 burpees, 3 sets of 90-second low plank, 3 sets of 30-second mountain climbers, 3 sets of 15 tuck jumps