For me, the risks far outway the benefits
As economies reopen gyms are reopening, but I won't be taking advantage of the opportunity to reactive my suspended membership.
There will be a second wave of the pandemic, and setting myself up as a high-risk target doesn't appeal to me. It's not that I don't want to go back - I miss the access to the equipment and the discipline of turning up.
Waking with headaches told me that I had to do something differently
Even though I mostly worked from home before the pandemic, I am now working totally from home. Over the last two months, my neck muscles have felt more and more tense by the end of the day.
I've started doing three simple, quick stretches, and now my neck is feeling lighter. That's good news, because I also had light headaches every day, and even waking up with them. I suspected those were tension headaches.
And it will help you make better food choices and lose weight
An ancient treatment may hold the answer to relieving your stress during the pandemic and improve your health afterwards - for the long-term.
Withania somnifera (WS), commonly known as Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng, possesses diverse biological functions. These include reducing anxiety, and reducing weight. That's a beautiful combination.
Our brain keeps our stiff muscles contracted even while we're asleep
While we are all reacting differently to the pandemic and lockdown, I'm hearing more and more often of people having headaches. I've had a few myself, and I've rarely had them before.
Aside from underlying medical conditions, it seems likely that the most common cause is muscular tension in reaction to stress.
Speaking personally, I had a blood test 2 weeks ago and visited my local GP for the results. All perfect, he said. I took the opportunity to ask about headaches, and I mentioned that I'd never suffered from them in the past.
He asked me two questions:
Be kind to yourself
What we eat affects how we feel, but, unfortunately, how we feel affects what we eat! If we feel stressed, we make poorer food choices, which sets up a circle of feeling bad.
Right now, the number one rule is to be kind to yourself. If you're making poor food choices, then that's a natural outcome of the circumstances. It's not going to kill you. Rest assured you're not alone.
If you'd like to try to break the pattern, I have some suggestions for you.
How to boost your brain for a better mood and less stress
In these times it is worth sticking with whatever exercise you can consistently do in the circumstances, as exercising regularly is linked to better eating habits. Conversely, a lack of social contact is linked to poorer eating habits and, over time, poor health outcomes.
A 2019 study published in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at 2,680 young adults who were not exercising regularly or dieting. Scientists found that after exercising for several weeks, formerly sedentary study participants were more likely to choose foods like lean meats, fruits and vegetables, while preferences for fried foods, sodas and other unhealthy options decreased.
Great News - Your Bone Marrow Retains A Younger Body Age When You Run, Maintaining Increased Immunity
If you've thought about running, this is a good reason to try
I believe that the most beneficial goal of exercising when we are older is to lower our body age. That's why I named my Medium Publication "Body Age Buster".
I've studied how to do this, and put in into practice over the last 21 years, with great results. Typically, tests of my body age report ages between 15 and 20 years younger than my physical age (72 this year).
Despite all my years of reading and practising these ideas, I was completely surprised when I found out recently that exercise can lower the body age of our bone marrow.
COVID19 Strategy is Working Three Times Better In One Of These Countries - Australia, Sweden and Switzerland
How much do testing strategies explain the differences?
Switzerland, Sweden and Australia are each taking different approaches to the containment of COVID19.
Switzerland is closer to Australia's approach, but not as restrictive, while Sweden is singing to its own tune with a herd immunity approach.
Which country is doing the best at this stage? The results might surprise you.
Blockchain Immunity Passport and instant testing
Borders will remain closed for a long time, but restricted travel will be introduced, which will become "the future normal". The underlying basis of travel post-COVID19 will be zero-trust.
If you thought that entering the US post-911 was confronting, intolerant, and invasive - get set for that as the baseline of future travel - plus more.
I sometimes sit and ponder how much flying has changed. I flew millions of miles pre 911 and also was a private pilot for 25 years. I could almost always talk my way into the cockpit of commercial flights anywhere in the world. Many a time I sat in the jump-seat on Garuda flights - chatting to the pilots in Indonesian - while we flew from Australia and right through the landing Jakarta.
That will never happen again. Here is how it will work from now on.
From here, there is no turning back the worst case outcome
I worked in Indonesia for 5 years, and I was shocked to read last night that "at least" 25 Indonesian front-line doctors have succumbed to Covid19 fighting the pandemic.
They died because, like all their other medical infrastructure, Indonesia lacks the essential equipment to protect its medical workers.
A lack of Personal Protective Equipment was the primary reason for the deaths, according to the Indonesian Medical Association.
Since I was diagnosed at 50 with Type 2 diabetes I've been learning how to do bone-building fitness training which lowers my age. You can too. It's your choice. Walter