As the reality of life in self isolation sets in and social distancing becomes familiar, one of the things that can sneak up on people is their health and lack of physical ability. There are so many questions to answer and people to tend to daily that it’s normal to see working out and staying fit fall to the wayside.
However, it’s times like these that moving around and staying active is most important. Faye Anstey, a certified personal trainer and fitness coach, has noticed a rush in people eager to participate in online workouts and take advantage of the downtime, but is urging people to be safe in their workouts and not jump into a plan that is too much for them.
“There is tons of information coming at us everyday about where and how to workout, but it’s important we go about it in a safe way and have a thought-out plan,” Anstey said.
Anstey provided the following tips on how people can ensure they are meeting their health goals under quarantine, while doing so in a safe and efficient manner.
1. Choose a safe workout plan and technique that fits your ability and physique.
Anstey: We need to start in a safe place, and not just follow any craze we see on social media. A lot of people may be starting from scratch and realizing they now have the time to commit to working out like they’ve always wanted. That’s great, but like anything, if you decide to start going to the gym without a plan, that can actually be detrimental to your health if you don’t understand the exercise.
Make sure you’re following a plan from someone certified and not just someone trying to boost their social media game.
2. Practice purposeful movement.
Purposeful movement is anything we are getting up to do on purpose. In your day to day life, you could get 10,000 steps through a normal work day, but now those steps are gone. It’s important to take the time to go for a walk, do a 5km run, 50 pushups, or even just a 20-minute exercise.
These are really important steps you can take whether there’s a pandemic or not, and if you can add them to your daily routine now, think of the impact it will have on your life if it becomes a daily habit.
Practice yoga — nobody will see you at home, and you can try it and not be embarrassed.
3. Focus on your mental health.
So many of us rely on the structure of our day and schedule, even the quick interactions we have with people are so important. Now that we’re sitting at home, it’s very important to reach out to people and call them. This is a blessing in disguise because now we can sit down and think about things we haven’t been dealing with.
When your thoughts start creeping in, it can go one of two ways — you can let it get to you and go down a dark mental health hole, or you can call a friend or counselor while you have the time.
I hope this is something we will do more often, reaching out to people and asking them how they really are.
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