Whether it is working, home schooling our children or just following our state and local guidelines of social distancing, we are spending more time at home due to Covid-19. We may be doing more online shopping, binge watching your favorite shows or maybe even eating more out of boredom.
There is no perfect exercise program for everyone. When we spend more time at home it can be tempting to let our fitness goals fall by the wayside. Help yourself, your family and your friends stay fit, healthy and mobile. Remember, exercise causes the brain to release endorphins that can lead to a feeling of accomplishment and relaxation. Research shows exercise can be very effective in the treatment of depression and elevating your mood. In addition, exercise can boost your immune system.
Some important tips before starting a walking program:
- Use good posture! Pull your abdominal muscles in while walking.
- Wear good, supportive sneakers and be sure to replace them at least once per year.
- Start small and slow….short distances then increase as you are able.
You can maintain social distancing while enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Try going for a walk around your neighborhood or for a change of scenery go to a nearby park. We are very fortunate to have so many beautiful parks and/or walking paths around our area. Bicycling, kayaking or hiking are other great ways to exercise outside.
Exercising with others not only holds you accountable but it is a lot more fun. It is surprising how quickly an hour of exercise goes by when walking and talking with a friend. Also, if you have young children set up obstacles (inside or out) that can include running, jumping, crawling and even balance. Dancing is also a fun activity that can be done by yourself or together with friends.