Thankfully most of us can get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise now. Many can even venture out to parks too. Since we’ve been missing out on exercise and fresh air lately, going for a walk in the park is the perfect medicine.
As a matter of fact, the COVID-19 Pandemic has been keeping people from work. This means you’ve missed out on a lot of daily physical activity. And this activity is important to your health. Exercise is both physiologically and psychologically beneficial. Physically inactive people are at a higher risk to develop osteoporosis. And you want to stay active so you don’t miss these benefits as you work from home.
Many people do not realize how active they are when working. Being up on your feet all day, and moving from place to place. These all work muscles and the mileage adds up. You need to make up for all this exercise when working from home.
Try these low-impact exercises that are easy on muscle/joint pain.
It’s important to work out the right way to avoid problems though. Just jumping in can cause serious issues. Muscles can get overuse injuries, sprains, and strains. Therefore, stretching before a workout is essential.
In addition to this, you also want to :
- Stay hydrated
- Wear the right supportive shoes to reduce stress in your legs and lower back
How to Stay Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The gyms might be closed but this does not mean you have to give up exercise. You want to aim for 150 minutes each week of moderate-intensity exercise. And, at least 75 minutes of higher-intensity workouts per week (if bearable.) Below are some suggestions to help you stay fit during this pandemic.
Exercise with the family: Exercising with others makes it more fun and is motivating. Go for walks or bike rides, do yoga, or have dance parties with the kids. Make time each day for this and keep the whole family fit and healthy.
Follow exercise videos: There are thousands of workout videos online to follow. Choose your favorite activities and get going. Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, Zumba, barre, and dance are just a few of your options. Many fitness organizations are also providing online workouts and virtual classes to help their patrons stay fit. This also allows you to support your local businesses. Just remember, if you suffer back pain, keep the exercises lite and never push past the pain.
Get outside: Getting fresh air is beneficial for both body and mind. Get outdoors for exercise as often as you can. If you do not have time to get a full workout in outside, break up your session. As long as you get ten minutes outside, you will feel better.
Do your chores: Chores don’t have to be a hassle. They can be your form of activity each day. Mowing the lawn, washing the car, and cleaning out the garage burn calories. Your muscles get a workout, your heart gets pumping, and you are moving. Therefore, it sounds like exercise and not a chore. But, you get the bonus of getting stuff done too.
To keep yourself motivated for these fitness sessions, make a schedule. Set yourself challenges each week. Goals keep you motivated and you can always try to outdo yourself each week.
Stay Safe While Keeping Active
Places are starting to re-open. Parks, beaches, and restaurants are trying to encourage people to come out. Stay-at-home orders are easing up around the country. Perfect timing for the warmer weather!
This means there is plenty to do outdoors. Follow your local COVID-19 guidelines. Social distancing is still mandatory, but at least you can get some fresh air. Just make sure you are getting that much-needed exercise too!
It’s important to stay active. However, we understand that these are precedented times. If you are experiencing aches and pains, call us today at 888-409-8006. We have specialists located throughout South Florida to help you!