As we all try to adjust to a new normal during the coronavirus pandemic, it can be easy to throw fitness out the door, especially when so many other things seem more important. Maybe your gym is temporarily closed or operating at a lower capacity than usual. Maybe you’re still practicing social distancing and avoiding public places when possible. However, that doesn’t mean you have to completely neglect your fitness.
Taking care of yourself and your body is more important now than ever. Regular exercise can help relieve stress and help improve the body’s immune response. The World Health Organization recommends that people get up to 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. These recommendations can still be achieved even at home, with no special equipment and with limited space.
Here are some tips for exercising while social distancing:
Go for a walk outside. Getting some fresh air and vitamin D can do wonders for your mind and body. Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day, which tends to be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Also, make sure to keep 6 feet away from any other people who may be out and about on their own walks.
Utilize your indoor space. Whether you’re in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen, try to do a simple workout in your home. Don’t worry if you don’t have any gym equipment like weights, resistance bands, or a yoga mat. You can start by doing simple bodyweight exercises (like squats, pushups, situps, and lunges) on a blanket or towel.
Go online. Whether you’re looking for new workout routines to try on YouTube or video chatting with a friend so you can workout together virtually, the internet is a great tool to help you stay active. Many trainers are even streaming their fitness classes online for their clients. Check to see if your gym’s trainers are doing the same.
For more information, contact the Vereen center today.