It looks like Coronavirus is here to stay which means staying home is the new normal and your exercise routine may require adaptation.
Staying active has long been an important factor in dealing with stress, reducing risk of preventable diseases, managing weight, and maintaining mental health.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, finding ways to stay active while adhering to shelter-in-place orders and social distancing is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health and wellness.
In addition to the benefits already mentioned, exercise plays a role in:
- Improving mood
- Improving quality of sleep
- Improving ability to manage stress
- Reducing risk of heart disease
- Lowering blood pressure & cholesterol
Fortunately, beautiful days are a dime-a-dozen this time of year in Florida which means you can walk, hike, bike, and jog/run to your heart’s content while limiting contact with others. Some of these activities lend to being the perfect time to call your friends and family- a quick, easy way to make the time fly by while you catch up!
Workout With a Friend?
Meeting a friend to workout isn’t completely out of the question but make sure you keep your distance, wipe down all equipment before and after your workout, and wash your hands.
Don’t Love Outside Exercise?
If outside isn’t for you, all is not lost. Keep yourself moving by accessing recorded versions of Gainesville Health & Fitness classes (you can link to these on the GHFC Facebook page here) or with one of the 1000’s of exercise videos available on the internet.
If you aren’t ready for Dance Attack or Beach Body’s Insanity, think about creating circuits using your favorite exercises. Squats, lunges, push-ups, sit-up, jumping jacks, crunches, and planks can create awesome full body workouts. You can use things around the house like step-stools and stairs for added challenges.
To create a simple exercise circuit, plan to do one set (or one time segment) of each exercise with a little rest as possible, then take a break and start again from the top. The great thing about circuits is the sky is the limit- you can use 10 exercises and perform it 1-3 times, or you can use 3-5 exercises to create short circuits that you string together.
Sitting a lot? Here is how to breakup that time:
And what about all that sitting? Between Netflix, Prime, Hulu, and network TV there’s plenty of content to keep us entertained – which is okay if you can find a way to break up those long stretches on the couch. Some ideas for what you could do include:
- Stand, march in place, or walk while you talk on the phone, text, or email.
- Drink more water- you’ll have to get up when nature calls.
- Use a smaller cup so you have to get up more often for refills.
- Use the restroom that is furthest away in the house.
- Use a fitness tracker to count steps or miles- your smartphone will do this for you!
- Set a timer to remind you to get up and move.
- Do 3-5 squats every time a new episode starts.
Come out stronger on the other side
Flattening the curve as we battle COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of our daily life but staying healthy through the battle is the only way to ensure you come out stronger on the other side.
If you need helping planning a program or finding ways to get moving– we are here to help.
We are now offering Telehealth and Open Air Physical Therapy to help you and your loved ones stay safe.
Contact us today at (352) 373-2116 or email us by clicking the link below to find out how we can help you “Live Life, No Limits!”