Physical activity and the benefits from it can be especially important during stressful times. Not only does it help your physical fitness, but it can boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve your sleep. It can also help you live a longer, healthier life. Here are some tips for staying active while social distancing.
Go Outside, but Remember This
It’s important that we all do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That means following local, state, and national guidance. Try to limit social interactions when possible and always stay home if you’re feeling sick.
The safest way to be active outdoors is to stick with members of your household or go solo. When you’re deciding where to go outside, avoid busy areas that might make it hard for you to keep your distance from others.
You don’t have to meet in person to get active together. Share your progress on social media or by phone. That’s a great way to keep up with friends and family and for you and others to stay motivated to exercise!
How much exercise do I need?
Experts say that adults need a mix of activity to stay healthy: Moderate-intensity aerobic activity, anything that gets your heart beating faster counts for at least 150 minutes a week and Muscle-strengthening activities that make your muscles work harder than usual, at least 2 days a week.
Socially Distanced Activity Ideas
There are tons of ways to be active at home. Workout videos, dancing, or active video games can help get you moving. Some gyms and organizations are offering free streaming or on-demand fitness options. It’s a great time to try something new.
DIY home improvement projects can get you moving, just do that safely. It’s a great way to improve your home and exercise. Housework counts too!
You might not be able to get to the gym right now, but if you don’t have weights at home, you can try lifting canned goods or laundry detergent. Many exercises using your own bodyweight can help you build strength.
You can use this planner tool to help you choose activities to help you get moving!