How can I exercise when I can’t go to a gym or class? ?
Underlying health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lung and respiratory conditions put individuals at greater risk for contracting the coronavirus. Risk increases with age, particularly over 65. As a participant in this program, you fall into one of these groups, making it more important to minimize contact and practice social distancing. We advise that you avoid group classes and the gym entirely, even if they are still permitted in your area.
These facilities have already been closed in many areas of the country even for people at lower risk.
There are still many ways to keep yourself physically active while still practicing social distancing. Perhaps you’ll find some new activities you enjoy and keep doing!
- Do exercise skills in the app in the Discover section (click the light bulb)- such as Dance to a favorite song, Go for a walk, or try a new exercise. (When walking outside, keep a six foot distance from people outside your household)
- Many fitness studios and gyms are streaming classes online (this is also a good way to continue supporting businesses)
- Walking in place or using stairs to do step ups
- Online videos, DVD’s or exercise video games
- Using household items like canned goods as weights
- Housework or gardening
There are many online resources available:
- The American Heart Association (scroll to ‘Physical Activity at Home’) offers ideas for creating an at-home workout circuit, balance exercises, stretches and getting the whole family moving.
- The National Institute of Aging has guided videos with a variety of movement activities e.g. strength training, flexibility, balance.
- If you have physical limitations do check out ideas from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability including videos.
- The Physical Activity Alliance has a list of websites and resources including videos to staying active
- The Exercise is Medicine website has many general tips.
- If you have kids or grandkids, check out the OpenPhysEd site for family ideas.
The California State Parks Foundation has a helpful summary of guidelines for all hikers to maintain social distancing while hiking.
Here are some additional articles on COVID-19 that you may find helpful:
- General FAQs about COVID-19
- COVID-19: Managing stress and challenging emotions
- COVID-19: Managing sleep
- COVID-19: Maintaining social connections
- COVID-19: Healthy eating practices