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Staying Active at Home During the Pandemic

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If you feel stress or anxiety during the COVID-19 health crisis, you're not alone. Staying active during this time may improve both your mood and your physical health. And when you find the right exercise, it can be fun. For many people, being active can reduce stress, blood pressure, and improve sleep. Here are some tips to help you get moving and stay motivated.

  • Try to walk more often.
    • Walking is good even if you can't leave the house.
    • Break up your days with 10- to 15-minute walks.
    • Use stairs if you have them.
    • Try walking 2 or 3 times a day.
    • If you can, go for a walk or jog outside. Maintain social distancing.
  • If you have kids, involve them in the activity.

    Have a dance party, play chase, or jump rope. Be silly with kids. They'll love it.

  • Do relaxation and flexibility exercises like yoga or Pilates.

    You can watch an online video or borrow a DVD from the library.

  • Try an exercise routine that uses your body weight as resistance, if you are able.

    Pushups, crunches, and squats are examples of this kind of exercise. Many routines are available for free online.

  • Try seated exercises.

    Watch an online video to guide you. And use a resistance band or weights if you're able.

  • Find creative ways to be active.

    Walk around during TV commercial breaks, read standing up, or make a standing desk. Daily routines like cooking, cleaning, and gardening can get you moving.

  • Find an activity you enjoy.

    One key to staying active is to choose exercise you like. Finding a partner can help you do it regularly. Setting a specific goal (like four walks a week) makes it easier for some people.

Be safe when you exercise at home. Keep floors and stairs uncluttered. Remove throw rugs and electrical cords to prevent tripping.

Credits

Current as of: November 12, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine

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