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Exercise Is Vital When You're Stuck Indoors

Exercise Is Vital When You're Stuck Indoors
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By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2020 03:07 PM

The gyms are closed, parks and beaches have been shut down and Americans have been urged to stay at home. This new way of living has forced avid exercisers to become creative— and with good reason. According to the Miami Herald, exercise, along with good nutrition, is key to staying healthy.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states: “Staying at home for prolonged periods of time can pose a significant challenge for remaining physically active. Sedentary behavior and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals.”

WHO also notes that self-quarantine can add stress and challenge the mental health of people.

“Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health at this time,” the organization adds.

It appears that Americans are getting the message. “Dumbbells seem to be the new toilet paper, and retail stores and Amazon started selling out of their exercise equipment,” states an article published in The Atlantic.

However, all is not lost.

“There are tons of things you can do from your chair or sofa — squats, tricep dips, crunches, body work exercises and so on,” says personal trainer Keris Hopkins, in the Miami Herald article.

“If you have kids at home, you can get them involved,” she adds. Make activities fun, like running around or playing hide and seek. Just keep moving.”

There is a huge selection of videos online on YouTube as well as On Demand. If you have a smart TV this is a great way to build a library of workouts. WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity each week.

Here are their tips:

  • Take short active breaks during the day. Dancing, playing with children, and performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are ways to stay active at home.
  • Walk. Even in small spaces walking around can help you remain active. If you have a phone call, stand up to talk instead of sitting down. If you do go outside, respect the six-foot social distancing rule recommended between people.
  • Relax. Meditation and deep breaths can help you remain calm. Again, there are thousands of meditation and relaxation videos online that can help.

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