With the pandemic, lockdowns in several regions, and the cold winter weather, it is increasingly becoming more difficult for us to enjoy sports and other recreational activities. However, it is still important to be mindful of your health and physical activity! Even while you’re at home, there are many ways to stay active and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some great ways to stay active:
#1 Go for walks
Dedicate some time out of your day to enjoy a nice stroll around your neighborhood. The fresh air alone will be very relaxing and there are several health benefits to going on daily walks as well. Walking has proven to be great for keeping healthy, supporting joints, strengthening muscles, improving circulation, helping your mental, and lightening your mood. Just don’t forget to layer up in the winter!
#2 Stair climbing
Stair climbing is a great way to exercise at home and can truly assist in strengthening your legs, thigh, hips, and evening toning the core. It is important to be mindful of climbing the stairs and not slouching over. Keep your head up and climb away.
If you’re working from home, it can be easy to pick up some bad habits such as sitting behind your desk or a television screen all day. Experts have advised standing for about 15 minutes an hour minimum. Standing can help put less strain on your lower back as sitting for long periods can tighten your muscles and can hurt your lower back – especially with poor posture. A standing desk may even be a great investment if this is an area you’re lacking in. If so, put your computer monitor at eye level and keep your head, neck, and spine straight.
Stretching is a great way to keep the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. The flexibility helps maintain a range of motion in the joints. If you don’t stretch enough, the muscles tend to shorten and become more stiff and tight over time. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stretch every muscle. The areas for critical mobility are in your lower body: calves, hamstrings, and hip flexors in the pelvis. Stretching your shoulders, neck, and lower back is also beneficial. Creating a daily routine and staying committed is key.