5 (More) Ways to Stay Strong During Coronavirus

Concept photo of healthy and unhealthy food. Fruits and vegetables vs donuts,sweets and burgers

Now that we are further into the time when most of us are homebound, stress in our country is at an all-time high and you may be feeling slightly helpless. Kids are out of school. Your office is closed. And, most gyms (as of 3/19/2020 we are still holding park and virtual workouts ensuring 10 feet between the 4 maximum participants.) Click here for our schedule and locations.

Below are my next five ways you can turn this total bummer into a time you can stay strong and take advantage of the time at home.


1. De-Clutter and Simplify Your Life

Did you know the more clutter we have in our environment, the more we confuse our already-stressed brains? Why not take the opportunity to de-clutter and simplify your household?


Is your inability to find things throughout the week stressing your brain and possibly leading you to “run late” – constantly? Admit it: you may be that person. Well that is super stressful on your brain.

Invest in a professional organizer. Do a virtual meeting with him/her. I use one and my life changed hugely after I learned the beauty of labeling, batching items, getting rid of what was not essential to our lives, and essentially making our household a place where we literally do not lose anything (I do still have two 12 year olds!)

Unsubscribe from junk email. Although you may delete it every time it comes to your inbox, it still takes time. Combine 25-50 “deletes” and those precious minutes add up.


2. 🛑 Eating Junk

You know what is junk and what is not. Now is not the time to relax your normally nourishing approach to food.



Refined carbohydrates — like added sugar and refined grains — and highly refined vegetable oils (like soybean, canola, corn, cottonseed, safflower and sunflower oils) contribute to persistent, unhealthy inflammation and impair the body’s natural immune response. And, by now, you know they are all not nourishing your amazing lives.


3. Address Your Gut Health

So much of your immune system is in your digestive tract. And one of the proven and most powerful ways you can defend yourself against illness is to take a probiotic. Several studies have shown that probiotics help prevent episodes of upper respiratory tract infections. Enough reason to consider?

If you take one, yay you. If you are interested in consulting with Megan, our Nutrition Therapist and Health Coach, about gut health and actions you can take, book a 30 or 60 minute wellness visit with her here. 30 minutes is $99 and 60 minutes is $199.


4. Walk

We are officially beginning one of our area’s most beautiful seasons. Learn to practice an early morning, midday, and/or regular walk. I like post dinner walks best. Walking is a game-changer for stress relief, hormone regulation, muscle building/calorie burner, a mood booster and (during the day) Vitamin D booster. For bonus benefit, you can notice novelty and beauty as you walk – without technology – and your brain will explode with happiness and stress relief hormones. You can’t lose. You can social distance and walk!


5. Control Your Day

Since you are likely homebound now, use the extra time to define your days a little better. Or, you may allow yourself to get caught up in the news of the minute or hour and flail about your day. Resist the urge on the latter.



My concierge members know the life-changing benefits to controlling your schedule for real wellness. Why not take charge of your schedule by mapping out your perfect and ideal day or week? What days will you do laundry, grocery shop, walk, do household finances, strength train?

Lasting habit change requires a real “identity” change. One of my concierge clients half-jokingly now says “I am a person who goes to the gym for Bootcamp and Body Pump classes Tuesdays and Thursdays.” She identifies with her habit; it is not some sort of add-on.

What is your identity? It is absolutely reflected in your schedule. If your schedule is sucked up by social media, a little cleaning here and little cleaning there, and unstructured email time, you can easily lose your day.


If you have any questions about how you can take control of your wellness, you can A) book a free phone consult with me to explore how you can crush your wellness with concierge wellness program, or B) book a 30 or 60 minute with Megan, our Nutrition Therapist and Health Coach or with me. You can reach me at adrien@alexandriawellness.com and Megan at megan@alexandriawellness.com.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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