In Social Distancing Keeping Yourself Active While Staying In
Social distancing measures require citizens around the globe to stay at home. In this situation, how can people stay active and maintain their physical and mental well-being while also protecting themselves.
Staying physically active is very important to maintaining good health, both physically and mentally.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that everyone engage in “150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both.”
Cardiovascular exercise, or “cardio” for short, which is often synonymous with aerobic exercise, works by boosting a person’s heart rate.
Once again, many online resources can help you come up with a home-based cardio workout.
Pilates at home
Pilates, which has become increasingly popular over the past few decades, is a physical training method that can improve balance and posture, as well as body strength.
Physical trainer Joseph Pilates originally developed this practice in the early 20th century.
People can do most, if not all, Pilates exercises at home, and there are many online videos offering tailored routines to meet specific aims, such as improving back pain.
Instructional videos for full body Pilates workouts, such as the one below, are also easy.
Yoga can also be a good option for staying active and flexible. There are many different types of yoga, each of which has a different level of intensity and difficulty.
Anecdotally, yoga can help improve a person’s well-being in many ways, and recent research seems to back such individual reports.
There are many different online yoga classes to choose from, but if you have never practiced yoga, it can be hard to know where to start.
Fun home activities
It is not always necessary to engage in a structured exercise routine to stay active. Research has shown that simply “avoiding inactivity” can make a difference.
Therefore, besides a reinvigorating morning workout and a relaxing yoga session before bed, it could be equally healthful to try planting some cilantro in your kitchen garden or having a little disco moment by yourself or with your family.
Even doing some regular housework may bring health benefits, beyond ensuring a tidy home and healthful meals. Some researchers have suggested that older men may have poorer health partly because they generally take on less housework than women.
Now is the time to engage in all the activities that we never had quite enough time for — including dusting all those bookshelves — secure in the knowledge that they will contribute, even just a little, to our well-being.