If your inbox is anything like ours this week, it’s no doubt flooded with communications about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increased importance of sanitation. It’s big business for anyone pedalling loo roll, hand sanitiser, good old fashioned soap, and FEAR! 

2020 sure has thrown its share of challenges our way (and it’s only March!) What with the incessant rain, Brexit, #Sussexit and now Coronavirus, the populist news has been having a field day.  

Sadly, there’s so much misinformation out there. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to believe. One thing we do know though is that armed with the right tools and knowledge, we can work together to stay fit and healthy.

This is not another Coronavirus Post!

This isn’t going to be another scare-mongering post about the symptoms of Coronavirus. Instead, we’ve put together our “mini boosters”. Call it preventative medicine if you like! It’s a specially formulated vaccine to keep your immune system at its peak. There’s no fighting in the pharmacy needed. This info is FREE FOR ALL!

Positively Well

The Global Wellness Institute has just launched its ‘Positively Well’ campaign encouraging us all to focus on building a strong immune system through exercise, healthy nutrition, stress reduction, optimism and more. We’re great advocates of that attitude here at Contour Pilates Reformer Studio in Essex. Not just during these challenging times, but all the time. 

Perhaps this pandemic will deliver one positive; forcing us to prioritise our wellbeing. 

Mini Health Boosters

So what can you and your family do to stay happy, healthy and positive through the days, weeks and potentially months to come?

Knowledge is Power

Try and avoid the temptation to obsess over every little bit of news popping up on your feeds from unsolicited and uninformed sources. Instead, follow closely the official government guidelines. The situation is changing on a daily basis. So make sure you keep up to date with the latest information HERE. If you are feeling unwell and do want to check your symptoms then refer to the NHS.

Fuel your Body with Immune-Boosting Colourful Food

Sadly, we don’t mean a bag of Skittles! Now is the time to eat the rainbow. 

You should aim for at least 10 (yes 10 not 5) portions of fruit and vegetables a day in as wide a variety of colours as possible. That way, you’ll maximise all those lovely plant-based antioxidants and nutrients that can positively boost your immune system and fight off pathogens. 

Did you know that fruits and vegetables fall into five different categories with each bunch having a unique set of disease-fighting chemicals called phytochemicals. So go ahead and have some fun at mealtimes, especially with your kids, by encouraging them to create a rainbow on their plates. 

We could test your knowledge but we figure you’ve got enough to worry about right now so we’ve put together a little chart for you. Ideally, go for 7 vegetables and 3 fruits from this list.

The Benefits of Healthy Fats

So many people run a mile at the mention of “FATS” but they have so many positive benefits. Not least because they assist the body in absorbing essential vitamins and minerals. You really can’t go wrong with avocadoes. organic meat, eggs, fatty fish, nut and seed butter and everyone’s favourite, a bit of dark chocolate.

Add Zinc to your Diet

Zinc promotes a powerful response in the body, warding off infections and helping to boost the immune system. It can be found in free-range meats such as beef and lamb, seafood including mussels and clams and also seeds like pumpkin and sesame.

One great idea is to make a morning smoothie, packed with your favourite colourful fruit and veggies, a plant-based milk such as coconut or almond and a handful of seeds. Delicious, nutritious and bound to put a spring in your step. Here’s one of our favourite recipes.

Trust your Gut Instinct!

Here’s a fact we bet you didn’t know! 70% of your immune system lives inside your gut. If you’re not already taking one, a daily probiotic can help. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer the food or drink variety. Other more palatable sources include leafy greens such as chard, kale and cabbage all of which feed our gut with good bacteria.

Walking on Sunshine

On days like today which have been GLORIOUS, get yourself outside and soak up all that lovely Vitamin D. It plays a powerful role in supporting the immune system. If it’s bucketing down again by tomorrow, then stock up instead on oily fish like salmon and herring, mushrooms which are a fabulous source of Vitamin D as well as organic dairy and eggs. Let’s face it, that Easter trip to Tenerife might not be happening this year.

Finally, move More

That’s right. Staying fit and active has so many benefits on the body, not least boosting the body’s ability to produce white blood cells which are an essential part of the immune system. 

So, taking our cue from the inimitable Bruce Forsythe……… Keep Planking! 

We’d love for you to keep coming to your Pilates classes for as long as you are fit and able to do so. For those of you who can’t, watch this space as we’re creating some home workouts to keep you on your toes!

Also, if you are interested in purchasing Pilates equipment bundles for use at home, just e-mail amy@reformerpilatesbrentwood.co.uk. You can be up and running within 3 days with your very own fitness circle, resistance band, set of hand weights and even a soft ball.

Stay healthy and positive and together let’s replace fear with wellness.