Due to the concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it is now truly an unprecedented time. Sporting events have been cancelled, and many employees still work from home. The anxiety over how to stay healthy has become rampant.
Moving Your Body
One of the best ways to help to stay healthy is exercise. There are many benefits of moving your body.
It can help reduce stress and improve mood by releasing endorphins, as well as serotonin and dopamine. It is also a proven strategy to help improve, strengthen and maintain a good immune system, something we can all benefit from right now.
Just 10 days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic, average daily step counts decreased by about 5 percent in March. And By June 2020 study has shown that within 30 days, steps were down by 27 percent.
Fortunately, staying active at home — even just squeezing in a few hundred more steps everyday doesn't have to take a long time. We can think of creative ways to get moving, without risking your health or the health of those around you.
1. Combine Cooking With Moving
Since you've likely been spending more time in the kitchen during quarantine, use that time to do some leg lifts or squats while you're putting together a healthy meal for yourself and your family.
"By lifting your leg or squatting, you can tone your glutes and outer thighs in a fun way. And you don't need to be at the gym to drop it like a squat? You can do them pretty much anywhere. Squatting is a natural and functional movement pattern, not only offers higher levels of muscle activity than sitting but may also help reduce some of the associated health risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity etc.
Looking for more of a challenge? Adding a mini resistance band around your thighs or ankles to intensify the exercise so you really feel the burn.
2. Walking Back and Forth
Whether you're on a zoom meeting while working from home or whatsapping with your friends and family, make the decision to simultaneously move your feet. Walk back and forth the length of your home, around the kitchen table or even up and down the stairs if you have them.
Research shows walking can boost your energy, immunity and mood. And all you need is around 20 to 30 minutes. That's two 15-minute calls or five 6-minute calls, which is totally doable, and much better for you than sitting down all the time.
3. Dance It Out
Put together a playlist of your favourite fast songs, ones that get your heart pumping. Dancing is a whole-body workout that is pain fun! It makes you stronger, and it can help with balance, stability and coordination.
Music is a universal language. And if your little ones are home from school, an impromptu dance party keeps them active and entertained, while helping them expend pent-up energy.