Let’s face it: most of us never expected the pandemic to go this long. As we try to avoid crowds and stick to the guidelines, how can we stay active while social distancing?
The good news is that recent research shows gyms to be overwhelmingly safe places. But the numbers also show that many of us simply aren’t comfortable going back quite yet.
It’s true, we may not be able to make it to the gym or to a group class with friends. But there are still ways to stay active while social distancing!
Here are our top 4 ways to keep moving.
- Go for a walk or run: One of the best ways to get some exercise in is to get outside and go out for a walk. Make sure you bundle up and choose a path or trail that allows for space.
- Do housework: You have stocked up on cleaning supplies; now it’s time to get some exercise out of it! Whether it’s washing dishes, vacuuming, or dusting, the time spent on your feet and moving around can add up to a fully productive and active day. Not to mention the great result of having a clean living space!
- Living room resistance training: Squats, lunges, planks, and push-ups can all be done at home without the need of a gym. These exercises use your body weight to help train. If you need guidance on getting started or making sure you are being safe, please call us for help.
- Have a dance party: We know, it might not be the same as a traditional Zumba class. But all you need to get the party started is some music that can get you moving! Whether it be salsa, line dance, or even the floss, dancing is a sure way to get your heart rate up.
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We hope you have fun staying active with these exercise ideas. If you need help getting started or have questions, please reach out to any of our physical therapy clinics. We can work with you to create an in-home exercise plan that works for you and your ability levels.