So, you just started on your fitness journey and the gyms have closed suddenly. Or maybe, you have been into the exercising scene for some time but have been left high and dry due to social distancing.
Though these times are crazy, social distancing doesn’t mean stop being active! It’s time to get creative.
Physical activity should be near the top of your list during these times of uncertainty. Our health and quality of life can be closely related to our levels of physical activity, exercise and sedentary behaviour. Like always, minimizing the time we are sitting around and maximizing movement will be key to enhancing how we feel.
Being active doesn’t have to include fancy gyms, equipment or machines. This week, I want to focus on maintaining or perhaps improving your cardiovascular fitness through walking. Again, social distancing doesn’t mean the outdoors is closed. If possible, use this time to walk around your neighborhood.
I understand, walking outside isn’t feasible for everyone, and not everyone wants to be outdoors during these times. If that is the case, inside your home will do, a few laps of your hallway, the foyer in your building, or maybe even the space between your kitchen and the living room.
Intensity and volume will vary for each person. You can do multiple short walks each day or do one long one – whatever you prefer. Let’s strive to get that heart rate up a little bit, to huff and puff and reach as many activity minutes as we can!
Joy Chiekwe is a clinical exercise physiologist who uses exercise as a form of medicine to prevent and manage chronic disease. Reach her at email@example.com