The health benefits of exercise have been understood for many years. The Covid-19 pandemic may be the catalyst that can finally encourage the general public to begin adopting a healthier lifestyle. Find ways to safely stay active during these challenging times to stay focused on your health and fitness goals.
As the medical community begins to understand the role of exercise in reducing the risk of fatality from the crisis and other diseases. Beginning or maintaining an exercise routine is paramount for both physical and mental health and it is especially important during this health crisis. Whether it’s in the comfort and safety of your own home or outside at a park, track, or other venues you have to keep moving and eat healthily.
- MAKE LIFE YOUR MOVEMENT.
Use everyday activities as opportunities to incorporate movement when pressed for time. Walking the dog faster, washing your car, family workout challenges, or a cleaning cardio workout where you can include running up and down the stairs.
2. CREATE YOUR OWN HOME GYM.
Invest in a few affordable items to make working out at home easier. The Trx cables, dumbbells, mats, a stationary bike, or rowing machine are all worth having in your backyard this period.
3. EXPLORE YOUR ENVIRONMENT.
Based on the government and Ministry of Health regulations in your area, explore new parks, running trails, bike paths, and water bodies if the weather permits in your part of the world. The outdoors are much safer than working out indoors and in closed spaces.
4. STREAM CLASSES.
Online classes can be streamed online from the comfort of your home. If your gym doesn’t offer the option millions of fitness apps do. Some apps do reward you for staying active. You can find an online trainer.
5. BRING IN YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT.
Mats, dumbbells, bands, or water bottles. It is safer to bring in your own if you have to train indoors with others.
6. CLEAN EQUIPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER USE.
Using shared equipment such as weights, cardio machines, mats that are not cleaned before and after use may increase your risk of Covid-19 infection. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes throughout your workout.
7. WASH HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER WORKOUT.
Proper hygiene is paramount during this pandemic period and hence we should ensure we wash our hands with soap and water before and after the workout.
“One bright spot for fitness and health professionals is that physical activity is finally being recognized by the general public as a means of maintaining optimal health and wellness”
8. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING.
Heavier breathing during exercise can result in an increased concentration of air droplets traveling farther, thus increasing the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Maintain social distancing.
9. WEAR YOUR MASK.
Ensure that your mask is worn properly and should cover your nose and mouth always.
10. FIND A QUALIFIED TRAINER.
Find a qualified and experienced trainer who can support your goals online or physically under the regulations in your area and they will provide accountability.