Has Covid-19 kept you from staying physically and emotionally healthy? I admit that I’m exercising 90% less than I was pre-Covid. It’s so easy to blame it on the fact that I cannot go to the gym. But is that really a good excuse? Ummm…no! Now the trickle down effect has happened: I’m not exercising, so my thought process is that I might as well eat lots of junk food, too. This has lead me to put on a few pounds and now my pants feel tighter than usual! My aches and pains are appearing again. And my anxiety and fatigue are increasing every week. Can you relate?
During these strange times, it’s so important to keep a routine. Even if you’re unemployed at the moment or have a more flexible schedule now that you’re working from home, try to stick to a scheduled routine. That includes not sleeping in later than you used to even though you have no where to be. That includes eating your meals at normal eating times. And that includes going to bed when you ordinarily would if you had to go to the office the next morning.
Scheduling exercise as part of your routine is imperative to sticking with it. Set a goal for how many times a week you want to exercise. You may need to be creative in deciding what your exercise plan can and should be. Luckily for us, the weather in Minnesota is cooperating right now and allows us to go on walks, hikes and bike rides; as well as canoeing and kayaking. However, if the great outdoors doesn’t appeal to you, numerous gyms are offering free online classes right now – Planet Fitness and Core Power Yoga are just two examples. There are also many strengthening exercises that don’t require any equipment. Squats, lunges, planks and bridges are just a few examples.
Having someone keep you accountable is extremely helpful, too. Ask a friend or family member to call you when you’re due to exercise, or afterwards to make sure you did it! We all have certain people in our lives who love to nag us a bit – they are the perfect ones to ask!
There are several fitness apps that can help keep you motivated as well. You can journal your workouts and/or compete against friends and family. MyFitnessPal, Google Fit and Fitbit are just a few examples. There are hundreds of them out there!
If exercise is off-putting to you (which is for many) – go outside and clean up the yard. Just think of how many squats you can do picking up sticks and dead leaves!
If neck, back, hip, knee or shoulder pain are limiting your ability to exercise and you’re not sure how to start, please visit our website at: www.PDRclinics.com. Our doctors, physical and occupational therapists can help you get moving again and staying physically and emotionally healthy!