The COVID-19 pandemic has meant, for most of us, that life feels a bit “on hold”. Not only are we not doing all of the things that we once jammed-packed into our busy lives but as a population we are much less active than we used to be. Without our normal routines to keep us going, it has resulted in us spending more time at home which has meant more time spent sitting on the couch.
Since we are doing less to try and stay healthy right now how is this all effecting our health in the long run?
It would come as no surprise that sitting for extended periods of time can have a negative impact both physically and mentally. Not only does it create tight, sore muscles but sitting has also been shown to play a role in heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and certain cancers- all conditions that can increase susceptibility to COVID-19. Incorporating regular movement into your daily routine such as walking, running, weight training, yoga, swimming, and stretching will help ease your muscles and improve blood circulation which in turn will help to prevent future disease. Routine movement will also increase bone and muscle strength and improve balance and flexibility. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, which is roughly 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week.
Meeting the recommended amount of exercise in a safe way can not only make a dramatic difference both physically and mentally now but it can, as mentioned, be vital to your health in the future. Finding ways to stay active on your own and working out with your trainer at B5 Personal Training is a must to keep you healthy during and after this pandemic.