The temperature is currently dropping, but your exercise shouldn’t!
It’s important to keep up with the American Heart Association’s recommended 30 minutes of daily activity. Although, with the weather and COVID-19, that can be hard to do.
Here are some creative ideas from Titan Physical Therapy recommended by the American Heart Association for how to exercise while staying safe during COVID-19!
1. Get outside as much as possible.
When our state is NOT in a stay-at-home order, try to get out as much as possible. Especially, get out if the weather is nice!
While outside, you can participate in a walk or a jog, to keep yourself active.
Make sure you are active for at least 30 minutes in order to help strengthen both your heart and muscles. If you want more of a challenge, increase your amount and intensity gradually over time, such as spending time in vigorous aerobic activity or adding weights.
2. Try indoor yoga and stretching.
2020 may have increased your stress, but moving your body through some stretches can greatly improve your heart health.
There are many stretches you can do, such as a neck rotation or a seated T-spine extension. Both will allow more flexibility and get the body moving. By challenging your muscles to fire and work, it allows an increase in muscle strength, tone, cardio and circulatory health.
3. Join your family and friends.
COVID-19 may have impacted your ability to see your friends or family, but if you do have the option to do this SAFELY, join in on the fun (all while maintaining an appropriate distance)!
Ask friends or family members if they would like to go for a group walk or do yoga outside.
This is a great option to help keep you moving, and your heart healthy, while also coping with the stress surrounding the pandemic.
4. Spend less time sitting and stand up.
If you cannot do any of the things listed above, then just stand up!
Standing and walking around your house, or up your stairs, is great for your heart health. Even a light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary!
As always call us at 859-303-6393 or reach out to us via our contact page here on the site, if you have any questions or if you want to know how we can help you!