Stuck Inside? Here’s How You Can Stay Active While Indoors
Thanks to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many Americans are spending their workdays stuck at home, staring at a computer screen for hours on end. While social distancing is crucial for avoiding infection, it doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain an active lifestyle.
In this article, our Tampa Bay cardiac specialists discuss several tips for staying active while stuck indoors. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for patients suffering from heart disease, who are at an increased risk for the coronavirus. If you feel glued to your chair, or you’ve run out of shows to binge on Netflix, get up, stretch, and start moving!
Work With What You Got
You don’t need a packed gym to have a good workout; you don’t need a balcony either. Many of the simplest and most effective exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home. Here are just a few:
Forward and side planks
And those are just the exercises that can be performed without dumbbells, resistance bands, or a yoga ball! For some added motivation, you can join an online workout class. A number of fitness centers are live-streaming their workout classes for free during the coronavirus outbreak. Orangetheory, Planet Fitness, and Crunch Fitness are just a few of the fitness franchises providing workout, yoga, dance, and kickboxing videos and live-streams.
For Older Adults
Like those with heart disease, older adults (65 and older) are at a higher risk for severe illness if they contract the coronavirus. For older adults staying home and staying safe, it’s important to focus on strength and balance exercises. Yoga, resistance training, and seated exercises are excellent for older adults who want to maintain muscle strength as they age. Be sure to research the proper form before attempting a new exercise!
We mentioned social distancing, which is vital for avoiding infection; however, there’s no reason you can’t venture outside so long as you maintain a safe distance from others — at least six feet. As long as you are mindful of your surroundings, there’s no reason you can’t go for a walk, jog, or bike ride in your neighborhood. And although it may be tempting, you should continue to avoid public spaces, such as gyms and swimming pools.
Making Self-Care a Priority
The coronavirus is a stark reminder of how important it is to take care of ourselves. Staying active is only one aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Even as you’re stuck indoors, you should do what you can to eat healthily, manage stress, and sleep well.
Finally, if you do begin to display symptoms of the coronavirus, it’s important to call a health care professional for medical advice and reserve your energy for getting better. Your health and wellness is of the utmost importance. For any questions or concerns you may have regarding your heart health and the coronavirus, contact Jesal V. Popat, M.D., FACC, one of the top Tampa cardiac specialists.
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