Keeping active while staying at home: A brief ‘how-to’ guide
Social distancing measures require citizens around the world to stay at home. Many people are wondering during this pandemic, how can I stay active and maintain my physical and mental well-being while also protecting themselves and others by staying put? Here are some ideas.
It is important to stay active to maintain good health, both physically and mentally.
Studies have shown that continuing to be active can do wonders for keeping pretty much every part of the body in shape and it can even improve your mental health.
It’s recommended that everyone engage in “150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both.” But it is hard due to pandemic control measures that are put in place for many countries around the world. The usual avenues for exercise, such as gyms, wellness studios, public swimming pools, and even some parks, are now off-limits. In many places, regulations even bar people from stepping outside their homes other than making irregular supermarket runs for the bare essentials.
With the global pandemic staying active and keeping fit may seem more difficult than ever, but there are several good ways to avoid becoming sedentary even when having to stay home. Here are just a few suggestions to help you stay active safely at home during the pandemic:
- Establish a Daily Routine. Create a daily schedule for you and your family that works for you will make maintaining a healthy lifestyle at home feel easier.
- Take short active breaks during the day. Short bouts of physical activity add up to the weekly recommendations. Dancing, playing with children, and performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are other means to stay active at home.
- Follow an online exercise class. Take advantage of the wealth of online exercise classes. Many of these are free and can be found on YouTube. If you have no experience performing these exercises, be cautious and aware of your own limitations.
- Walk. Even in small spaces, walking around or walking on the spot, can help you remain active. If you have a call, stand, or walk around your home while you speak, instead of sitting down. If you decide to go outside to walk or exercise, be sure to maintain at least a 1-meter distance from other people.
- Stand up. Reduce your sedentary time by standing up whenever possible. Ideally, aim to interrupt sitting and reclining time every 30 minutes. Consider setting up a standing desk by using a high table, using a countertop, a stack of books, or other materials, to continue working while standing. During sedentary leisure time prioritize cognitively stimulating activities, such as reading, board games, and puzzles.
- Relax. Meditation and deep breaths can help you remain calm. A few examples are yoga, spiritual meditation, etc.
Additionally, we’ve included a few exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and do not require any equipment, just a little bit of your time and energy. Please see the visual examples included below.
Instructions: Do each exercise for 30 seconds for beginners, 45 seconds for intermediate and 1 minute for advance. Complete 3 rounds of each exercise
Push-ups on Your Knees
High Knees Sprints
About the author:
Derrick Owens is a husband, father, founder, and head trainer at D5 Fitness and Performance. He is a former football player at Georgia Southern University. His passion is to help people change their lives in the simplest and most realistic way possible. Derrick believes everyone deserves the right to be in good health and to be happy with themselves inside and out.
Getting fit and healthy does not have to be difficult but often time is. As a NASM certified personal trainer, sports performance specialist, nutrition specialist, corrective exercise specialist and mental health specialist, Derrick offers a total approach to fitness, pushing you to you beyond your limits, tracking your progress, and helping you to adopt the mindset of a champion.
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