It has been challenging times during 2020 due to global pandemic. Many of us are forced to stay at home to avoid getting the virus and infecting our loved ones. We are less physically active because all we do is munch on our snacks while binge-watching our favorites shows on Netflix. It's hard to stay healthy because we can't do the sort of exercise we usually do.
In 2020, 72% of women and 83% of men are projected to be obese or overweight. The challenge is how can we cut-off that statistics. Having a healthy diet and everyday exercise can be overrated but these are guaranteed ways to keep us fit. Exercise has both physical and mental benefits and understanding the importance of regular physical activity will help us cope with coronavirus.
How do you motivate yourself to be physically fit? Well, start by telling yourself "I need to exercise to live longer. I want to live longer because I want to spend more time with my family." Isn't survival enough for you to get your ass up that chair and do 3 to 4 minutes of stretches! You don't need to have all the equipment from the gym to get started. Do light intensity physical movements such as stretching or walking to improve your muscle activity and blood circulation. Stay healthy at the comfort of your home to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. All these conditions can increase your chances of getting COVID-10.
How do you stay physically active despite COVID-19 lockdown?
There are many ways if you are determined to be better. According to the American Heart Association, an adult should have at least 75 minutes to 150 minutes of intense physical activity per week. Here are some of the tips to stay active at home:
- You can encourage your family to exercise like bike rides, walks, dance parties, backyard soccer games, or yoga sessions. This creates an excellent opportunity for family bonding and fun.
- If you're living alone, you can follow along with online exercise videos such as cardio kickboxing, yoga, strength training, Pilates, dance, barre, or other types of workout. There is a lot of YouTube content about physical activities that you can do.
- Considering you have financial resources, you can support fitness instructors by signing up for their workout sessions online. Unlike just following videos online, with this enrolled activity you can reach out to other people who are working out. It's like building a community online while striving to reach your fitness goals.
- Do calorie-burning chores such as tending the garden, mowing the lawn, decluttering your room, or washing your car. It provides a great opportunity not just to burn calories but to build muscles as well. Working out while completing a household task will give you satisfaction.
Challenge yourself by setting an exercise goal or achieving your target weight while adjusting to new fitness routines. Reduce the risk of depression and cognitive decline by sweating it out. Make sure you’ll come out stronger than this pandemic.