Staying Fit while Staying at Home

The pandemic has changed how we engage with the world in more ways than we ever imagined. Even as some parts of the country reopen, people with disabilities who are vulnerable are advised to remain at home to stay protected.

Being sedentary impacts aging and illness and may restrict physical mobility. Exercise not only improves health, strength and energy, it elevates mood – something we all need during the pandemic. If you are facing long stretches of isolation, these four tips may help motivate you to start moving.

People often overlook dancing as a form of exercise, yet it is so effective at improving physical health that it was deemed an “intervention” by health professionals.  All types of dance can create positive health benefits, including improvement in flexibility, muscular strength, balance, and cardiovascular endurance. Plus, unlike the repetitive nature of typical exercise routines, dancing is a versatile activity that can be personalized. Music also has been proven to boost memory and mood. So get out your favorite music and bust a move! Dance like no one is watching.

Fitness Videos
A search on YouTube will yield thousands of fitness videos that you can use in your living room. Chronic pain can be alleviated with mild to moderate exercise, stretching helps with flexibility and balance. Circulation exercises can help ward off complications from surgery. Whatever you ability level you will find a video to help guide your in-home workout – either seated or standing. Explore Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and many others. Whether seated or standing, your body will thank you.

Exercise Apps
The emergence of free online workout programs has redefined the fitness industry. The apps make it possible to add exercise to your daily routine. But not all apps are free, some require a subscription. Check for the best free exercise apps here.

Physical activity does not have to be strenuous to improve your health. Since people with disabilities may be at greater risk of injury, a gentle exercise routine like stretching can be easily customized to any level of mobility. Spending more time sitting and watching screens may cause stiffness in your joints and exercise can relieve that joint stiffness and muscle tension. Check online for some fun stretching routines.

It’s recommended that you should get at least 150 minus of week of moderate exercise to strengthen your muscles.  It’s never too late to start exercising, your health can influence the style and typed of exercise that is safe for you. Consult a doctor before starting any new exercise program.