Incorporating Movement During Self-Isolation
We are currently living in unprecedented times. Many of us are privileged to be able to work from home, or stay home during this pandemic. However, staying home comes with a unique set of challenges. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle it is imperative that we stay active even if we are confined to our four walls.
The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine.
Let’s go over some simple ways to stay active while staying cooped up. After all, we all know that an active lifestyle is one of the contributing players towards a strong immune system. If we want our bodies to be able to ward off this nasty virus we have to keep it in tip top shape.
Before we talk about what you can do inside the house, if you can get out, get out! Go for walks, bike rides, jogs, etc. If you are worried about bumping into too many people, get out very early in the morning, or later in the day. Getting outside while it’s sunny will also get you your daily dose of vitamin D, which we know from last week's blog is crucial for your immunity as well. https://www.thevitalplant.com/post/the-importance-of-vitamin-d-supplementation
Do you have a dog? Then you really have no excuse. Get outside with him or her, multiple times a day and take your pooch for a stroll. Walking is perfect exercise and a very easy way to get in those recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise.
You may have noticed that your social media platforms are being inundated with gyms, yoga teachers, and the average trainer, offering FREE courses. If you haven’t noticed this, you aren’t following the right people! Many Yoga studios and Gyms are live streaming free workouts. Look up some local studios nearby you to see if any of them interest you. Most of them only require a yoga mat. if you don’t have one you could always just use a towel! Get creative! If a workout needs weights, substitute with cans or a bag of flour. Do with what you have.
If you aren’t working from home you likely have plenty of time to figure out when to get in some exercise. However, if you’re working that might be a different story. Be mindful of the time you are spending working, and the time you are spending doing mindless activities like snacking and scrolling through your news feeds. Use that extra time wisely. Run up and down the stairs a few times, take the dog out, or at the very least get up and stretch your legs and arms. At the office you were more than likely getting up and about here and there talking to coworkers so it is important to try and be mindful of the activity you are lacking.
Have friendly competitions with your spouse or roommates. See who can do the most steps, most flights of stairs, or most push-ups on your lunch break. Get a tracker watch of sorts and have those same competitions with those you can’t see at the moment. Be creative.
Physical activity is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget that there are multiple facets to living a life full of vitality. If you are unable to get outside and get that fresh air and vitamin D, please be mindful and supplement with either natural or dietary supplements.
Now, get up and get active!