Social distancing has changed the way we operate daily. Many are at home, school is at home, and of course, your workouts are also at home. At South County Adventure Boot Camp, we are embracing this opportunity to share our love of health and wellness with you, no matter where you are. Health is so much more than getting into physical shape. While we love working out, we also want to remind you to take care of all aspects of wellness. Here are helpful tips to help you stay healthy at home!
- Give Yourself a Break: First and foremost, please take it easy on yourself. Our world, as we knew it, has been turned upside down. No doubt, you are experiencing worry, fear, and a host of other emotions. Take the time to adjust to this new way of being and be gentle with yourself. All we can do is our best. Everyone responds differently, do not compare what you are doing to what others are doing. We will be here 100% of the time, providing you with tips, challenges, motivation, support, and gentle reminders that you are doing a great job!
- Eat Well: Your body performs at its best when you consume the nutrients it requires to ward off sickness and give you energy. We keep hearing about the “quarantine 15”, meaning many are indulging in foods they would not necessarily eat if they were not home in quarantine. Let’s remember that the reason we are staying home is that we are at risk of acquiring a dangerous virus. With no vaccine, we must follow all the safety protocols. Also, we need to fuel our bodies to fight off sickness. Sitting on the couch with a bag of chips is not the way to feed your body. Here are some power-packed recipes that will curb your hunger, nourish your body, and give you energy!
Cauliflower Hummus3 cups cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)⅛ cup water (2-3 tbsp)
5 tbsp olive oil, separated
1½ tsp sea salt
3 garlic cloves, separated
¼ cup tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
More water as needed
(optional: sesame seeds for garnish)
Steam the cauliflower until it’s soft: you can do this in a microwave or in a steamer on a stovetop. Stovetop: Place the cauliflower, water, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, and 2 whole garlic cloves in covered pan on low heat and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring/checking frequently. Microwave: place the same ingredients in a covered dish and microwave 10-12 minutes.
Next, place the softened cauliflower in a high-speed blender and add the tahini paste, 1 garlic clove, tahini, 2-3 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp sea salt and lemon juice. Blend until it reaches the texture of hummus. You might have to scrape the sides to incorporate all the cauliflower. If it’s too thick, add a little more water. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
Place in a bowl and, if desired, drizzle a little more olive oil over the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
No-Bake Protein Cookies (Servings 15)
• 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free)
• 2 cups plant-based protein powder
• 1/3 cup peanuts, unsalted
• 1/4 cup organic peanut butter, unsalted
• 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
• 4 Medjool dates, pitted
• 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. warm water
1. Line large baking sheet or a cooling rack with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, protein powder and peanuts.
2. In a blender or food processor, blend the peanut butter, coconut oil, dates and water.
3. Pour into the bowl with dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. (The batter will be thick.)
4. Using a spoon to scoop the dough, roll into golf size balls and flatten with your hands. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate (uncovered) for 1 hour and enjoy!
Storage Instructions: for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 month
- Exercise: South County Adventure Boot Camp is proud to serve our dedicated campers with challenging workouts every day! We are also excited to be virtual and in person! If you are a camper, you know the benefits of daily exercise. If you aren’t, we hope that you find a way to exercise in a safe way. Regular exercise will help boost your mood, increase your immunity, and keep you healthy. Now more than ever, you should carve out time in your day to be active and moving. Many of our campers attribute their ability to handle these challenging times to their consistent workout schedule. You will be amazed at what a workout can do for you, your mind, and, ultimately, your life.
- Find Balance: Finding balance is a catchphrase that we heard long before we were forced indoors, working at home, and juggling families, school, and the like. It may seem impossible to “find balance” right now. However, with a little creative thinking and adaptability, you will achieve a sense of balance. To begin, take a long hard look at what you are balancing. It is time to remove what is not necessary and to prioritize what is. You may need to reach out to household members to help with this balancing act. Asking for help is a step towards balancing all that is on your plate. Many kids and family members are also home. Now is a great time to introduce family chores and responsibilities. Do not take on too much; you are your best self when you are not overwhelmed.
- Keep a Schedule: A schedule will help you to find balance and can set the tone for your day. Understandably, the plan will change day to day, and possibly minute to minute, but it will help you to feel a bit more normal. If you have kids at home, a schedule will also give them the support they need to succeed. Both a workday and a school day consist of a schedule, and this can bring that routine feeling into the home. You are also far more likely to complete a workout and make time for yourself if you have it as part of your daily schedule.
- Set Goals: Have you looked at your goals lately? Quarantine may seem like a time to let goal setting go, but that could not be farther from the truth. You need that feeling of success and accomplishment that goal setting will give you. Past goals may be put on hold, but how exciting is it to make new goals? Again, your fitness goals should still be present as your health depends on it. These goals may need adjusting, but you should still be accountable for your health and wellness goals. Now is the time to shelter in place and come out stronger. At South County Adventure Boot Camp, we will hold you accountable for working your hardest, showing up, and staying positive. We love being able to interact with campers in this whole new way! If you have goals, we are here to help you meet them.
- Stay Social: Do not close yourself off to family and friends just because we can not meet in person. There are many ways to “see” friends and have virtual experiences while maintaining social distancing. Set up a Zoom or FaceTime date with a friend every so often. There are many virtual classes you can take that allow you to interact with others. Ask friends to join you and “meet” you on these endeavors. Our boot camps are one hour long, and since they are interactive, you can “see” and support your fellow campers! We have also started an “adult night-in” to encourage campers to socialize. You can also find all kinds of live music, interactive games, virtual events, and more! Open yourself up to a new way to be social; you will be grateful for the interaction.
- Share Your Feelings: Every day, we are flooded with news regarding the current situation. For the most part, the information is scary and overwhelming. Be sure to talk with your family and friends about how you are feeling. Reassurance from a loved one can go a long way. Also, let’s not forget about how our kids are feeling. Let them know that you are there to talk and listen. They need validation for their feelings. They may also need help sorting through their feelings. Journaling is an excellent way for any age to share their thoughts with words and pictures. Whatever you do, do not close yourself off emotionally. “We are all in this together!”
At South County Adventure Boot Camp, we have embraced the current situation and are committed to helping you and your family through these challenging times. We hope that these tips help you and your loved ones! You can learn more about our camps at www.scbootcamp.com. Remember, “we are all in this together!”