Exercise is Essential for Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • That’s where I can help…by meeting with you online or in person, outdoors, to provide the individualized training advice you may need.

How do COVID-19 closures and stay-at-home orders affect exercise routines?

COVID-19 closures of parks, gyms, fitness studios, and other public places are resulting in reduced opportunities for physical activity — particularly for people who are not able to exercise at home. Social distancing may further affect people’s ability to exercise, especially if outdoor physical activity is not an option due to shelter-in-place orders, crowded outdoor spaces, bad weather, or other factors.

If you are working from home, you may find that you are sitting for more extended periods. And, changes in your daily routines — such as caring for children who are home from school — may make it more challenging to find time to exercise.

Why is exercise important during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Regular exercise is essential for everyone under normal circumstances. However, here are a few reasons why exercise is especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Exercise boosts the immune system: Research shows that regular, moderate-intensity exercise has immune-boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.
  • Exercise may prevent weight gain: Exercise can help you burn extra calories caused by dietary changes and offset the effects of sedentary activities.
  • Exercise reduces stress and anxiety: Exercise is a proven mood-booster and can help adults reduce stress levels and build emotional resilience.
  • Exercise improves sleep: There is evidence that suggests regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality — and getting a good night’s sleep has also been found to boost your immune system.

Exercise may be especially beneficial for older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease. Regular exercise can help to improve balance, flexibility, strength, mobility, and cardiovascular health. Plus, it can boost energy and overall well-being.

How can I stay physically active despite COVID-19 closures?

Here are a few suggestions to help you get moving:.

  • Get outdoors: Walking, cycling, jogging, and hiking can help you get some much-needed fresh air while staying safely away from others. Don’t have time for a full-length outdoor exercise session? Consider breaking your workout up into several 10-minute sessions. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a few brisk walks around the block can add up to a full workout.
  1. Follow along with online exercise videos or schedule a ZOOM or in-person w workout with me: Whether you enjoy yoga, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, strength training, barre, dance, or another type of workout, chances are you can find a service that offers online videos. However, if you want personalized, workouts designed especially for you with equipment provided. an online or in-person (outdoor) workout can provide the missing link.
  • Challenge yourself: Set an exercise goal — such as doing three sets of three strength trainng exercises three days per week or beating your best 5K time — and make a plan to work toward achieving it.

The bottom line: Although it may take some effort to create and adjust to new fitness routines, regular physical activity can help you optimize your health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.