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How to Stay Active During the Pandemic

MAKE IT PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

Just like brushing your teeth, and eating breakfast, making exercise part of your everyday routine can help you become more successful on your journey to healthy living. You can start off by making a detailed workout schedule for your week. After the first week you will know what worked and what did not, and then you can adjust accordingly. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day!

USE FITNESS APPS AND ONLINE VIDEOS

Even if you do not have gym equipment, there are several apps you can download or videos that you can stream online to get moving. Since the beginning of the pandemic, fitness gurus around the world have uploaded easy to follow videos for people of all fitness levels and abilities. You can easily access them for free on YouTube or other websites and find a trainer that best suits you.

EXERCISE OUTDOORS

When you exercise outdoors, you probably notice that you tend to workout harder. This is because your body is encountering changing environments. For example, when you go for a run outside there are different inclines, and obstacles you come across which forces your body to work harder than it may on a treadmill at home. 

Vitamin D is important for your heart, brain, and bone health but many people do not get enough of it. Working outside is one of the best ways to boost your levels of Vitamin D. You can do an exercise circuit in your own backyard or take a stroll at a nearby park. The more Vitamin D you absorb from outside, the better your body absorbs it on the inside.   

Outdoor exercise provides a mental health boost beyond what be experienced indoors. It has been linked to stress reduction, and less symptoms of depression. In specific, studies have found that green exercise (i.e taking a walk in a nature trail or park) can also benefit your mental health, and you only need five minutes of it!

GET CREATIVE

If you do not have dumbbells at home, there are alternatives! To add weighted resistance to your workout, use household items such as water bottles, paint cans, books, or a bag of rice.

HAVE FUN

If you want to stick to an exercise routine make sure to choose activities that you enjoy. This will keep you excited to workout even when you feel unmotivated.  



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