As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has turned our world upside down and has been felt by nearly every country all around the world. In many areas, government officials have tried to slow the spread of the virus by any means necessary, shutting down non-essential public business and forcing the public to self-isolate. While these measures are necessary, continued self-isolation could have detrimental impacts on your personal health if you do not know how to or have not put much thought into staying healthy and ensuring that you get enough exercise.
There is a direct relationship between your diet, physical activity and your health. Nutrition and exercise play key roles in and are extremely important for your overall physical, mental, and social well-being. While it is sometimes difficult in quarantine to find a routine, starting an exercise routine is a great way to increase your overall fitness while adding some regiment to your day which can have a positive impact on your mental health as well. Some of the many benefits to increasing physical activity include (from nutrition.org):
- Stress and Anxiety Relief
- Immune Support
- Weight Management
- Bone, Muscle Strength, Balance & Flexibility
When starting a new exercise routine, it is essential that you have an intent before you start your exercise so that you are not just doing a random assortment of exercises with no real purpose behind it. If overall strength and core strength is your intent, then resistance band exercises such as banded rows and bicep curls may be in your routine. Likewise, if aerobic capacity is your intent, then going out for a run around the block or a long hike at a local park may be the way to go. The main takeaway is that when your workouts have an intent behind them, they will be much more effective and you will get much more out of them. Even though COVID-19 has caused us all to make necessary sacrifices for our own safety, your health should not be one of them!