The quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic poses a lot of different challenges for us. One of which, is the fact that we’re confined — for the most part, inside our homes. Leaving us with little to zero options in terms of physical or even outdoor activities, which can be hard for people who have led an active lifestyle before the quarantine.
Even if you’re not one of the said active people, the sedentary lifestyle and low levels of physical activity that the quarantine has brought to our lives can somewhat negatively affect our health as well. Plus, physical activity and other relaxation techniques can also help us overcome the stress brought about by the situation.
So if you’ve been spending too much time parked on your couch, in front of the computer, or your bed, here are a few ways to inject some sort of physical activity into your days. Aside from wrestling with your kids, of course.
Include short active breaks into your daily routine
You don’t have to go all out with the physical activity on the get-go. Instead, you can start with short breaks spread throughout your day. And it doesn’t have to be squats or Zumba routines. It can be as simple as dancing or playing with your kids or even doing a few household chores such as cleaning or even gardening. See, wrestling and fooling around with your kids are not so bad after all.
Join an online exercise class
Use the Internet to your advantage and try out that exercise program virtually. Time to put YouTube to good use. But if this is your first time to try out that workout program, please proceed carefully and be aware of your limitations.
Walk and stand up
Walking around in small spaces or even walking on the spot can help you keep active. Even standing up whenever possible. You can walk on the spot or even stand up during a conference call instead of staying in a sitting or reclining position. Your goal should be to stand up or walk a bit every 30 minutes.
Meditation and deep breathing can help you relax and remain calm. You can try to do a seated meditation wherein you’re sitting comfortably on the floor (or on a chair) with your eyes closed and straight back. Close your eyes, relax, and deepen your breathing progressively. Try to clear your thoughts and just concentrate on your breathing. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes or even more. Another position you can try is putting your legs up on the wall. You can do this by bringing your hips around 5 to 10 cm to the well and letting your legs rest. Again, close your eyes, relax your body, and progressively deepen your breathing. Clear your thoughts once more and concentrate on your breath. You can also do this for 5 to 10 minutes or so.
Remember, it is important to maintain good health and mental state during this time. And doing a bit of physical activity and relaxation techniques a few times each day can help.