The benefits of physical activity are undeniable. Consistent exercise helps reduce your health risks,
strengthen your bones and muscles, and even reduce feelings of anxiety. With many gyms and exercise facilities currently closed, here are a few easy tips to help you stay active from home.
- Set an intention for the day
When you rise in the morning, set your goal for physical activity for the day. However big or small, identifying what exactly you’d like to accomplish will make it more likely for you to achieve it. It could be as simple as “I will take the dog for a 20-minute walk”, or more challenging like committing to a 40-minute workout. It’s up to you, just let yourself know and plan your day accordingly.
- Take advantage of free resources
If you have WiFi, you have access to a huge library of workouts for all fitness levels. YouTube is a great resource, and many home workout apps are offering free content, like Peloton, Nike and Planet Fitness. And it’s always free to go outside! Adding some fresh air to your physical activity helps clear your mind and connects you to the world around you.
- Find a partner
It’s easier to achieve your goals if you have a partner to motivate you and keep you accountable.
Maybe someone in your home can join you on your walks, or you can text your friend your morning goals and have them check in on you. Any way you choose, having support makes all the difference.
- Practice safety
Aside from safe social distancing practices, make sure you take all the necessary safety precautions during your activity, like wearing your helmet during your bike ride, warming up your muscles before your workout and practicing good form when lifting heavyweights. You’ll hear many workout instructors advise you to substitute hand-held weights with household items. If you do, make sure to choose wisely and avoid items that could slip your grasp and cause an injury. Simply, be careful and move smartly to minimize your risks.
- Don’t ignore an injury
Be mindful not to aggravate a potential injury further. It’s common to feel muscle fatigue and soreness after a strenuous workout, but if you are experiencing acute pain or pain that won’t go away, you may need to be evaluated. The physicians at NEOSM are available for telemedicine appointments and our offices are open for necessary in-person visits. Don’t wait for an injury to get worse – we can accommodate same-day or next-day appointments, just call any of our offices to schedule.
- Be kind to yourself
The motivation you have today may not be the motivation you had yesterday and that’s ok! Be kind to yourself and commit to even the smallest amount of physical activity to help get your blood flowing. You never know, once you get moving, you may feel inspired to do more!
We hope these tips have inspired you to set your activity goals and get moving. Stay safe and stay healthy.