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Staying active at home

Rachel K

As more and more of us find ourselves spending most of our time indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been trying to find ways to stay healthy and keep active while practicing social distancing.

As it turns out, I’m not the only one. This morning I read about a man in France, Elisha Nochomovitz, who ran a marathon on his 7 meter balcony to prove to himself he could still run while staying indoors. He ran back and forth on his balcony for 40km – as onlookers watched and cheered him on from balconies across the street.

You don’t have to run a marathon to stay active. To avoid going stir-crazy, here are some easy tips to keep yourself active while staying indoors.

  1. Take a short walk every day.  Depending on where you live, following your government guidelines, get yourself out of the house for a few minutes each day. Walk around the neighborhood, up and down the block, take in some sunlight, and move your legs.
  2. Stretch. Staying cooped up indoors all day can really make you feel stiff. There are so many amazing videos on youtube for 10-minute stretches – grab a mat, or lie down on the carpet, and stretch your arms, legs and body! It’s incredibly important and will give you a burst of energy
  3. Home workouts. You may have enjoyed going to a pilates class or to the gym before you began social distancing. Maybe you enjoyed lifting light weights? Get creative at home! Fill up two water bottles with rice to serve as light weights, or look up a pilates class online.
  4. Eat well. Plan your meals ahead. When you spend so many hours at home, it’s easy for the day to lose routine. Eat three meals, make sure you’re getting your necessary calories, vitamins and sustenance. Add in some chocolate if you’re feeling like it. (I know I do)

If these tips were helpful -why not share this article with a friend who might be stuck inside today?

And if you’re feeling up to it – why not take a walk right now, and record it in the OneStep application? You can count your Healthy Steps, and if you’re in physical therapy or working on improving your gait, the app can assist with that too!