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5 Tips for Staying Physically Active During COVID-19

With gyms closing during “Safer-at-Home,” it can be tricky to replicate the workouts you enjoyed before the pandemic. However, it’s important to include exercise in your routine during stressful times, and all you need is a little creativity.

  1. The great outdoors is now your gym. For those who normally use treadmills and ellipticals, making the transition to running or jogging outdoors can feel a little strange. Even if you’re lucky enough to have that equipment at home, take the opportunity to get outdoors and get moving. A little time in the sunshine is not only good for your mental health, it will help ease any growing cabin fever. Try downloading the Strava app to track your distance and pace. It’s like having a treadmill on your phone. Plus, your sisters can join runs with you remotely and compare data.
  2. Get to class. Fitness classes are not only great for a workout, they provide a sense of camaraderie and community during isolation. Check out this article on the many free fitness classes that companies like Peleton, Orangetheory and Barry’s Bootcamp offer and enjoy the benefits of learning from a talented fitness instructor right from home. If you’re missing your favorite local spin class, boxing session or Pilates hour, check to see if those local studios are offering online options. You may be able to get your favorite workout from home while supporting local businesses.
  3. Count those steps. Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends we take 10,000 steps per day to maintain heart health? That can seem like a lot, especially if your typical day now means working or studying from home. Try using your FitBit, Apple watch, or a step-counter app on your phone to encourage movement throughout the day. Set alarms during the day as reminders to get up and take a few steps around the house. It will add up quickly!
  4. Dance it out! Dancing is a fun and easy way to relieve stress and get a great workout. Try learning a new dance routine on Tik Tok, following along to some music videos on YouTube, or even just freestyle for a few minutes to your favorite song. You’ll be amazed how quickly dancing it out improves your mood.
  5. Namaste. After an intense workout, it can be nice to de-stress in the evenings before bed with a relaxing yoga session. The KDHQ staff are big fans of YouTuber Yoga with Adriene, who offers free yoga classes on her channel for every level of ability. Yoga can help ease anxiety, improve sleep and boost flexibility, and more intensive sessions are great for strength. All you need is a quiet space and a mat!

For more tips and resources, please reference the Remote Engagement Toolkit!