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GETTING TESTED AND STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

The covid-19 pandemic sneaked upon us and just like that we are in the third year of the pandemic. Although the effect has been said to have reduced after the vaccination Introduction, it is still very much around, and just as contagious.

Before now, our day was filled with more physical activities like outings, shopping, and random trips. However, since the pandemic, people have withdrawn from public places and mostly at home. We are encouraged to always get tested using the PCR swab test or Antigen test after travel or if exposed to places with high coronavirus risk. Even after vaccination, one can get infected as the jab is to reduce the effect of the virus and not prevent it.

We must keep up with all coronavirus health guidelines and not get too comfortable because of the availability of the vaccine. 

There are booster shots after being administered the second vaccine. While people whose immune system is compromised, have extra shots taken to produce more antibodies to fight the coronavirus.

Although being home and undergoing self-isolation seems like the safest way to prevent getting the virus, it can trigger excessive snacking; eating junk foods and quick recipes can ruin our diet and cause weight gain. For those who are less motivated to work out or do not have any gym equipment or a gym at home, working out has become a challenge.

Staying proactive is vital in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle even as we socially distance ourselves. Eating healthy and finding easy aerobics to shed excess calories should be infused into our daily routine. Let us talk about some easy ways to stay healthy through the pandemic. Hopefully, you find this helpful and easy to adopt;

CHOOSING HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS

Choosing healthy food options requires a lot of self-discipline; the courage to resist some cravings. This era is the best time to consume whole foods, vegetables, herbs, foods rich in fibre, and the right amount of minerals. Replace soda and beer with healthy smoothie options as often as possible, and look out for fruits rich in vitamin C.

STAYING FIT AND ACTIVE 

It’s great news that gyms are now open but adhering to covid-19 prevention rules strictly. People have gotten so used to staying away from the gym that returning to that lifestyle has become difficult. Dancing to your favourite playlist nonstop for an hour or taking a brisk walk around your house, as easy and fun as it sounds, is effective in helping you shed some calories. You can also decide to join an online fitness class or check YouTube for a guide. You can do squats and lunges or ride a bicycle just around your house. 

EMBRACE SELF CARE 

Not so many people care for themselves around us. Yes, we tell ourselves that we love ourselves, but our actions depict otherwise. Embracing self-care is being; deliberate about your physical, emotional, financial, and mental well-being. You have to protect your mental space from the terrible news on the internet or social media and the death rates caused by Covid. 

Spend time doing the things you love and reading a book; you might get out of the pandemic more skilled and self-aware.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE VIRUS

This step is the most vital step to take on this journey to staying healthy through a pandemic. Even after vaccination, always mask up when you need to leave your home, get the PCR test swab if you notice any symptoms or know someone who does and sanitise your hands properly after contact. These guidelines cannot be overemphasised as they are the only guaranteed way of not getting coronavirus. 

Regardless, healthy practices should be a part of our lives, and getting vaccinated is the most important thing to do now.