During these turbulent times, we know that we must all make adjustments to our lifestyle. Our philosophy is that while you must change, you might as well change for the better! But making healthy lifestyle changes can be difficult without a guide.
Huntington Lifestyle Partners is excited to bring you a new series we’re calling #HealthyAtHome. In this email and in the following, you can look forward to quick tips on ways you can stay healthy. Our lifestyle approach to health can be broken down into three key categories: food, fitness, and mental health. We invite you to employ some of our advice and change positively through this phase of readjustment back to normal life.
As observed in New York City, most new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been those who have stayed inactive at home. Not frontline workers, not those taking public transit. Inactivity is strongly linked to new cases of coronavirus, and 96% of new cases had underlying health conditions.
A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned. – Naval Ravikant
What is the lifestyle approach?
Simply put, the lifestyle approach to medicine is an attempt to flip the script on traditional therapies, which often come too late and are only capable of managing chronic conditions. Rather than treating only the symptoms of a chronic health condition, our method aims directly at the root cause, and is capable of completely reversing several common chronic diseases (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and even some autoimmune diseases).
Why is the lifestyle approach better?
There are several reasons why we believe the lifestyle approach to healthcare MUST be the future of medicine. From a financial perspective, the current style of healthcare is not sustainable. In the United States, $3.6 trillion is spent in health care every year. 86% of that is spent managing chronic diseases. Not treating, not reversing. Managing. From an individual perspective, the lifestyle approach is far more successful, capable of preventing 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancer.
Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom. – Jack Lalanne
To no surprise, several popular gym chains have suffered financially over the last few months, and even some of the most well-known gyms are closing branches and considering bankruptcy. To address this concern, we have compiled a variety of ways to maintain and improve physical condition at home, for beginners as well as for those looking for a more high-intensity workout!
Mild/Minimum: Go for a one-hour walk (wear a facemask if walking outside). At a minimum each day, one hour of walking is recommended. If this seems high, consider that prior to quarantine, one hour of walking is approximately how much the average person walks throughout the day. Continuing to maintain that minimum level of activity will at least prevent muscle atrophy in your body.
Light: We have found that Zumba workouts are an excellent way to work up a sweat! If you know of a Zumba instructor that is hosting Zoom workouts, we encourage you to give it a try! If you do not know of any, please feel free to contact us for some recommendations on our favorites. Alternatively, if Zoom classes are not your style, look up “Tanju Koc Zumba” on YouTube and you’ll find several excellent prerecorded classes there.
High Intensity: Les Mills offers several free classes on their YouTube channel, varying in duration and style. We have tried and recommend their BodyCombat series, Dance Hip-Hop series, and BodyJam series. As always, take caution when working out at home – make sure you have enough space to move around and clear the floor of any obstacles!