how to stay active through social distancing
Who here has increased their junk food intake as of the last week or so...? Speaking from experience...you are not alone! I have started to wonder what this 2 week hiatus would do for my physical and mental health. After stewing about it for awhile, I came to the following realization:
Why not focus on my health while I have much more time than usual. Like the majority of us, I pretty much have zero excuses to avoid exercising now that time is no longer an obstacle. However, I have found that I do have to find other ways to keep myself motivated and excited to workout since I can no longer attend my usual group workout classes. This is why I have put together this post to remind you why it is so important to keep exercising and how to find resources to make it easier to do so.
First let’s go through the benefits:
I don’t know about you but staying home all day has led to some major dips in my energy. We don’t realize how much stimulation we are surrounded by all day long, whether it be at work or school etc. This is a time when we are forced to slow down both physically and mentally, and I can feel the change.
It’s simple.. exercise = more endorphins released = better mood
studies have found moderate exercise to be highly effective against depression and are even calling it an evidence-based treatment option
another simple equation.. exercise = more blood flow to the brain = more oxygen to the brain = better cognition
regular exercise has been shown to increase cognitive function and may even provide resistance against cognitive decline with age
exercise can often be an outlet to relieve stress... ever tried boxing!?
nutrition is another major component to this, but exercise does help with weight management both physically and mentally
Cardiovascular and metabolic health
regular exercise has proven time and time again to have a positive effect on our heart and metabolic health
this includes preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes
regular exercise can sensitize our cells to insulin and prevent insulin resistance
Bone, joint and muscle health
resistance training is highly important to keep our bones strong.. especially as women. When we undergo menopause we endure a decrease in estrogen which predisposes us to osteoporosis (weakening of our bones). Prioritizing exercise throughout our life can be a protective factor and a highly important one at that.
and so much more...
I have looked into a few different resources that seem promising for at home workouts, yoga, meditation and more.
At home workout resources:
Nike Training Club:
an app that has various workouts with varying duration and intensity
I have used this one and I quite liked it!
app: Nike Training Club
I have used her workout program before and I really enjoyed it
there are various circuits available on her website to try before purchasing her program
not going to lie I am only familiar with this place because of all the celebrities I follow on Instagram
they have been streaming 20 minute workouts on Instagram live… and even better they are equipment free!
instagram : @barrys
Studio Tone It up:
an app specifically targeted at women who are looking for workout routines
they offer a 7 day trial before you are required to commit
app: Tone It Up: Workout & Fitness
At home yoga resources:
a friend recommended glo yoga and so far I am very impressed!
they let you do a 15 day trial, is this perfect timing or what!?
not only do they have online yoga, but also fitness classes and mindfulness practice
again this is a paid program but they also have free trials
Yoga Wake Up
morning yoga has become something on my to do list and I can’t wait to try this app
this app has an alarm clock within it that will wake you up to begin a quick morning yoga routine.. sounds pretty great!
app: yoga wake up
with lots of selection of yoga & fitness classes as well as guided meditation you can surely find something for you
they also offer live events and workshops for their online community
another paid program that offers monthly and annual rates
this website is offering a free 30 day community challenge : 30 days, 30 themes and 30 free yoga classes
Get outside and enjoy nature!
as long as we maintain adequate distance from others, why not enjoy the start of spring!?
working from home? Walk around the block every hour or two to get some fresh air
have to go get groceries? Why not walk there
I must say, it is also the perfect temperature for running outdoors
Find a support team!
everyone is in the same boat… find friends that will hold you accountable. Try doing the same workout together each day or week. Share your workouts with others via text, phone call, facetime, social media or whatever it is to keep you motivated
we can do this! xo
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