Ideas for Exercising at Home

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With current precautions in place for COVID-19, there is a high likelihood that you are spending more time indoors. As a result, it is easy to slow down and become less active. What steps are you taking to continue to get the exercise you need in your day? How are you adjusting your routine? Regular activity helps us to feel more relaxed, focused, and empowered. It can help to improve mood, increase mobility, and manage pain. You may find that activity gives you more energy, helps increase productivity, and reduces stress or anxiety. The health benefits are numerous!

Exercise does not have to be expensive. Many activities can be done from the comfort of your home. Yoga is a great example. Practicing yoga regularly can help in maintaining mobility and flexibility, which reduces the risk of falls. Muscle building activities using one’s own body weight are another great choice and range in difficulty. The National Institute on Aging at NIH’s website “Go4Life” offers great ideas to stay active at home! For tips on setting up a space to exercise, watch this video!

Don’t forget to spend some time outdoors. Use this time to prepare the garden or yard for spring. Play outdoor games with the family. Or, take a walk around the neighborhood. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid any crowds.

If you struggle with holding yourself accountable, it may help to find others who enjoy similar activities. Find ways to keep each other accountable while practicing social distancing. Try scheduling a time of day where you both plan to do a set activity at home. Call after or before to help motivate each other! Or, if you have children, try finding activities that the whole family enjoys such as dancing to music.

To keep on track, set goals that are meaningful to you and realistic. Focus on goals that motivate and encourage you. Great short-term goals incorporate when and how you plan to be active. Long-term goals could be running or walking a 5k, increasing overall flexibility, or reducing your blood pressure. It is recommended to choose activities appropriate for your current abilities and to talk with your healthcare provider before starting something new.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Lee County’s goal is to provide the residents of the community with research-based knowledge. For more information on food safety, wellness, and nutrition please contact the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Alyssa Anderson, MS, RDN, LDN at 919-775-5624.