Don’t stop moving!

5 Ways to Stay Active During Quarantine

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of aspects of our lives – and for some of us, our active life has suffered. With gyms and studios closed, we have had to adjust our workout routines and daily activities in order to stay safe. However, we cannot forget that keeping an active schedule is necessary for our mental and physical health. If you’re struggling with figuring out how to incorporate activity into your day, try practicing these five tricks.

1.Take a walk
Going on a daily stroll will not only give you a change of scenery from your home, but it will provide you with much-needed Vitamin D, get your muscles moving, and help switch up your daily schedule. Working from home every day can be extremely mundane at times, so going on a walk and changing your route will give you new sights to experience and keep your mood up.
2. Climb stairs as much as possible
Taking the stairs is an easy¬†way to “get your steps in” if you are spending most of your day inside. If you live in an apartment complex, opt to take the stairs rather than an elevator when you leave the building. If you live in a house, take some time out of your day to go up and down the stairs a few times to get some extra activity in.
3. Take movement breaks throughout the work day
It can be easy to forget to stay active when you’re working full-time from home. Especially when your WFH desk setup is not ideal, you could be straining your back, neck, or legs if you are staying in the same position for hours on end. Setting reminders on your phone or scheduling breaks every so often will help you get out of your chair and get your blood flowing.
4. Stretch before bed
Stretching at any time of the day, especially before bed, is extremely beneficial for increasing blood flow and flexibility. At night, stretching relaxes your muscles to help you fall asleep easier and wake up less during the night.
5. Take online fitness classes
We had to fit this one in, of course! Daily fitness classes like yoga, pilates, HIIT, boxing, dance, and meditation all have loads of benefits for your mind and body. Though gyms may be opening back up, taking online classes can help you keep up a fitness routine without sacrificing your safety. See our daily lineup of virtual yoga classes here.
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