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Staying Healthy at Home: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re following guidelines and quarantining, you’re undoubtedly spending more time at home.

As health experts encourage the entire population to stay home and safe, you won’t be hitting the gym any time soon.

Are you feeling the strain of isolation life?  There’s no doubt this new lifestyle is hitting your health and hormones – most importantly your male hormone production…

But there’s no need to halt the production of your important male androgen. Here at Testofuel, we have the perfect plan to keep your T levels optimized and your wellbeing cared for.  This is your complete guide to staying healthy at home.

In this complete guide, we’ll cover:

  • The ideal at-home diet
  • Targeted exercises for boosting T
  • Staying motivated while self-isolating

Here we go!

What to eat

A healthy, nourishing diet is important to keep well and maintain a healthy immune system. Food is also an important factor for optimized testosterone levels. Certain foods like fatty fish and leafy greens may encourage the body to produce testosterone. Foods containing vitamin D, zinc and magnesium may also be key[1].

Eating well means eating a variety of macronutrients in the right proportions. Don’t forget, calories still matter! You could be blasting through the toughest, strictest home workout regimes – but it won’t help you stay trim unless you’re handling your calorie intake properly.

Pile your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant and animal proteins, and healthy fats. This will make sure you’re getting all the essential nutrients you need for overall health, optimized T and normal immune function.

Healthy foods

These are the types of food you should be eating to stay healthy at home:

Lean protein

  • Lean ground beef
  • Eggs
  • Turkey
  • Pork loin
  • Chicken tenderloin
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Tofu
  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans

Complex ‘good’ carbs

  • Sweet potato
  • Beetroot
  • Brown rice, pasta and bread
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Corn
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans

Healthy fats

  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fatty fish – herring, mackerel, sardines
  • Flaxseeds
  • Nuts
  • Nut butters
  • Olives
  • Coconut
  • Greek yogurt

Don’t totally omit the foods you love. Try the 80-20 rule. That’s 80% of your food coming from foods like those above. The remaining 20% can come from foods you enjoy like pizza, ice cream and fries.

Remember to stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day too.

At-home exercises

You might not be able to stick to your normal gym routine but fear not. There are ways to work those major muscle groups and create the optimal hormonal environment in the comfort of your own home. All you need is your own bodyweight. You could even grab a few tins of soup to make your home workout routines a little more challenging.

To create the perfect testosterone producing environment, try and mix up your workouts with HIIT and bodyweight strength training.

These are the best exercises to stay active at home:

Bodyweight squats

Squats are a great calorie burner, adding shape to your thighs, glutes and quads. Even better, your own bodyweight will make these a killer move to add to any home workout. To make it even harder, why not add in an element of squat jumps? Complete them as high intensity interval training to help get that testosterone flowing.

  1. Stand with your feet a little wider than your hips and point your toes out slightly.
  2. Place your arms out in front of you and keep your chest proud.
  3. Keeping your weight on your feet, bend at your knees and hip your hips backwards. Imagine you’re about to sit on an imaginary chair.
  4. Keep your knees aligned with your feet and squat as low as feels comfortable. Engage your body as you bring yourself back up.

Lunges

Set your legs on fire with this special move. Lunges place particular focus on your glute muscles and hamstrings, adding strength to your lower body. Grab some canned goods to make this exercise harder.

  1. Take a long-controlled step forward with your right foot and lower your body as you step.
  2. As you lower your body toward the floor, be sure to bend at the knee at a 90 degrees angle.
  3. Press your right heel into the floor, bringing your left leg forward.
  4. Step into a lunge on this side to complete the rep.

 


Push-Ups

Push-ups are the ultimate test and use your entire bodyweight to challenge muscles. They’re guaranteed to fully engage and exert your muscles for explosive strength!

  1. Get down on all floors on the ground.
  2. Place your hands a little wider than your shoulders. Ground your toes into the floor to steady your body.
  3. Engage your core, tighten your glutes and keep your back flat as you lower your body to the floor.
  4. When your elbows reach 90-degree angle, push back up to the starting position.

Mountain climbers

This exercise will definitely get that heart rate racing, testing your core and arm strength too. With mountain climbers, you’ll also target muscles in your chest and lower legs.

  1. Get down on the ground into a push-up position.
  2. Hold your body weight on your hands and toes, keeping your body straight.
  3. Raise your right foot off the floor and drive it upwards into your chest while keeping the rest of your body rigid.
  4. Return to the starting position and alternate with each leg throughout the exercise.
Man doing mountain climbers.

Glute bridge

This one might look easy but it’s far from it. This move targets and activates the glute and hamstring muscles. It also isolates the core and strengthens the stabilization of the spinal cord – excellent for better posture.

  1. Lie on the ground facing up. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Place your arms at your side with your palms down.
  2. Raise your hips off the floor until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line.
  3. Hold this bridged position for a couple of seconds before slowly lowering back down.

 

Jumping jack

The jumping jack is a great cardio move which works to elevate the heart rate. It also engages the muscles in your arms and legs.

  1. Place your feet together and keep your legs straight.
  2. With your arms by your side, jump up, spread your feet hip-width apart and bring your arms up above your head.
  3. Bring your legs back together and return to the standing position. Repeat the movement.

 

Burpee

The dreaded burpee is ideal for eliciting a cardiovascular response while adding strength to your upper and lower body.

  1. Squat down and place your hands on the ground.
  2. Kick both legs out and get into a plank position.
  3. Return to the squat position and then jump up as high as you can, raising your hands.

 

Plank

This isometric exercise specifically targets the core but there is an element of upper body strength involved too.

  1. Get on the ground and place your hands directly under shoulders like you’re about to do a push-up.
  2. Push your toes into the floor and squeeze your glutes to keep your body straight.
  3. Keep your neck and spine neutral
  4. Hold the position for at least 20 seconds – holding it longer as you get more comfortable with the move.
Man doing plank to stay healthy at home

Staying motivated and positive

Nothing feels normal at the moment. You might feel like setting yourself up on the sofa all day and watching Netflix. But there are things you can do to keep your testosterone levels normal and your body healthy. Here are some tips to help you stay focused, productive, healthy and happy.

Stretch every morning

Spending time to stretch your muscles in the morning helps them perform better throughout the day, increase flexibility and prevent injury. Stretching may also kick-start your energy levels and aid circulation, giving you the best start to your day.

 Man stretching to stay healthy at home

Get outdoor time everyday

If you have a garden or a park nearby, make sure you spend some time getting some fresh, outdoor air. Research suggests time outdoors is good for you, raising your vitamin D levels and helping you feel happier[2].

Nature can calm the mind and help you feel at ease. Opening a window to breathe in fresh air can also help if you don’t have any green space nearby.

Supplements

Supplements can help plug a gap when you’re unable to get the nutrients you need from diet alone[3]. When it comes to keeping your T production working normally, supplements like test boosters may offer the exact nutrients your body needs. Testofuel for example, is a completely natural formula containing premium ingredient that work to optimize your T.

Get quality sleep

Lack of good quality sleep can negatively impact physical and mental health. It can also play a role in reducing total and free testosterone in men[4], never mind affect the immune system’s ability to fight infections. Aim to get at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night. Prioritize good sleeping habits, stick to a routine and disconnect from your phone before going to bed.

Man sleeping

Stay in touch

Try and maintain emotional wellbeing by staying in touch. This could involve engaging in video chats with family and friends and trying to make things seem as normal as possible. Modern technology is amazing – so make use of it!

Summary

There is no right or wrong way to feel right now but there’s no need to say goodbye to normal testosterone levels. Keeping to a healthy diet, sticking to your workouts and maintaining mental wellbeing can all help. Create the optimal hormonal environment with the right workouts and nutrition and try to maintain a routine to stay healthy.

You can optimize testosterone without using weights or hitting the gym. Stick to home workouts and concentrate on exercising your biggest muscles in the body.

If you’re looking for more ways to enhance T, try a supplement like TestoFuel. The all-natural test booster is packed with all the right nutrients to support male hormonal health. Exhaustively researched, Testofuel has the power to elevate energy, boost lean mass and heighten libido.

 

[1] https://examine.com/nutrition/increase-testosterone-naturally/

[2] https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/spending-time-outdoors-is-good-for-you

[3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/supplements/art-20044894

[4] https://examine.com/nutrition/how-important-is-sleep/