The Coronavirus, or COVID-19 is a pneumonia like respiratory disease which is easily spread. Based on what we know about how the virus is transmitted from one person to the next, it is recommended to avoid public gatherings and keep a social distance of six feet or more. Coupled with the recent mandated closure of gyms and fitness facilities, keeping active may have become somewhat of a struggle for many people.
That said, for all of us young and old- regular physical activity is important for staying healthy! When compared with just sitting around, moderate intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Perhaps even more importantly during times like these, regular physical activity can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
The Physical Activity Guideline for Americans recommends 150-300 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity, and 2 sessions per week of muscle strength training. Check out the info graphic from the American College of Sports Medicine below for some strategies on maintaining your physical activity and fitness during these challenging times.
Remember – Don’t sit all day! Watching TV? Get up during every commercial and do a lap around the house. Take on physical chores such as laundry, do the dishes or take out the garbage.