The COVID-19 pandemic presents a number of challenges to our physical and mental health. Now that most people are self-isolating, we are not able to get out and do our normal hobbies, exercise or sports. However it has never been more important to stay healthy and active during isolation.
These are our top tips to remaining healthy and active during isolation.
- Don’t sit for too long at one time! It is easy to sit down for an afternoon or evening of television and then 3 hours have passed! Try to get up from your chair every half hour, either just to stand and have a stretch or have a walk around the room.
- If you have a home exercise program from a physiotherapist or exercise professional – keep doing it! Whatever the physiotherapist has prescribed you, keep working through the program and you’ll see the progress.
- Ensure you have a clear space to exercise in and remove any objects on the floor that might cause you to trip. It’s also important that you are working out on the right surface – nothing too slippery.
- If you have an exercise program to follow but no equipment, don’t worry – improvise! Use tins of food instead of hand weights.
- Don’t exercise if you feel unwell! If you push yourself, you may feel even worse or cause yourself an injury.
- Don’t start a new exercise regime that you’ve never done before. Although it may be tempting just now is not the time to experiment, it will be more likely to cause injury. Stick to exercises that you know and have done well previously.
- Walk! Even if you don’t feel safe to go out for a walk on the street, walk indoors – set yourself a goal like 5, 10, 15, 20…. minutes and walk until you’ve reached your target. Try to set yourself a goal each day and soon you’ll find yourself getting fitter.
We hope you find this helpful and remain well, healthy and active during isolation! Remember if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!
Lyndsey Henderson – Director of My Mobile Physio