The pandemic has led to many people spending the majority of their time at home. Sequestered away from gyms or fitness classes, many of us have fallen out of our exercise routines. However, it’s arguably the worst possible time to stop exercising. The physical and emotional benefits of regular movement are more important now than ever before.
Here are some ways you can get yourself moving again.
Remind Yourself Why
Motivation begins with evidence.
● Exercise improves almost every aspect of health.
● You improve coordination and reduce injury risk when you workout regularly.
● Symptoms of depression and anxiety go down with exercise as well.
● Exercise is the best way to develop body awareness and physical mindfulness.
Build Movement Into Your Day
Your schedule has room for exercise, you just have to discover where.
● Working out first thing in the morning works well for early risers and those who’d like to get it out of the way.
● Your lunch break can also be a good opportunity to get in some exercise.
● If you work out at night, be mindful of how close you are to bedtime.
Get Your Family Involved
Exercise is always better together.
● Online exercise videos can be a fun way to work out with kids.
● You can also enjoy walks together — encourage them to identify plants or animals they encounter along the way.
● Hiking is a great way to get fresh air and sunshine while exploring your local parks.
● Set up a home gym so your family has a dedicated exercise space.
Keep these resources on hand as you create your pandemic exercise routine. This is no time to deprive yourself of the movement you need to thrive. Find ways to work out and home, and your body will thank you.
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