As the weather improves, we understand the challenges of remaining physically active while following social distancing guidelines. It’s hard enough to find time when you aren’t looking after schoolwork with your kids and thinking about how to keep yourself or your family safe. Fortunately, as long as you are practicing guidelines from the CDC and WHO regarding Covid-19 safety, there are still many things you can do to stay active!
As important as it is to the physical health of us and others to stay home, isolation can affect your mental health as well. Humans need the mental stimulation that comes from connecting with people and the world around us. Walks can be a great way to safely get out a little bit, get some fresh air, change your view a little bit. You’ll be amazed at how much better it will feel physically and mentally to even take a walk around the block. Invite the people you live with to come with you. Try a game of “Eye Spy” or a picture scavenger hunt.
May is National Bike Month. Biking is a great way to keep healthy – and have a lot of fun doing it. Research has shown people who bike regularly have 15% less chance of having a heart attack than those who don’t. What makes a bicycle great is that it means so many different things to so many people. For some, it is an opportunity for a weekend family adventure. For others, it is their primary mode of transportation throughout the city. Many communities are putting more resources into safer routes to bike, walk, or roll. If you have a safe place to bike, head on out and hit the road! If you don’t, we hope you’ll join our fight to demand safer routes for your community.
If you aren’t able to get out of the house, there are lots of ways to stay active at home. Heart.org has many resources available to move more - even if that means moving around your apartment! Check out live and recorded workouts, ideas to move more with your family, and resources for lots of different ages, fitness levels, and mobility. Just do what you can do to move more and you’ll keep your health moving forward.
As you can see, there’s always a way to move more! However you choose to this spring and summer, we hope that you be safe for yourselves and others while doing so.