Staying Active During COVID-19

Diet and physical activity are direct factors to our health and nutrition. They are major factors when it comes to mental, and physical well- being, and disease prevention.

Poor diet and lifestyle can heighten the chances of disease, viruses, and adverse health issues in the body.  People who don’t exercise and participate in physical activity regularly have an increased risk of poor immune system health, which leads to heightened chances of exposure to a virus during a pandemic.

With that considered, staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic is extremely important. Telehealth consultations with exercise physiologists can help you with a customized exercise program that can increase your fitness and treat medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), among others.

If exercise and physical activity aren’t part of your normal routine, you may want to keep reading for some tips and tricks to help change the way you think about exercising. We’ve also included information on what type of equipment to use for home exercise, and how you can do more to improve your health and help build your immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is at High Risk for COVID-19?

Everyone is at risk for COVID-19, that’s why there’s been a worldwide push for social distancing protocols, but some people are at higher risk of than others.

Who is at risk?

Statistics show that adults over the age of 65 and those with underlying health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are at high risk for coronavirus.

People of all ages, with obesity and compromised immune systems, are also at high risk.

COVID-19 is dangerous because of its rapid spread and tricky symptoms. Although young, healthy, people may not be at risk of death or hospitalization from coronavirus, they are at risk of contracting the virus and becoming an asymptomatic carrier who can transfer the disease to someone who is at high risk.

Now, more so than ever, it’s essential for everyone to focus on staying healthy and taking the proper precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Health Benefits of Staying Active 

Adults who stay physically active are likely to live longer than those who don’t. Inactive adults are also at a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. Other avoidable health issues, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are also results of poor diet and lack of exercise routine.

Here are a few ways exercise can be helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also see our post on the benefits of daily exercise.

  • Prevents diseases and viruses- Staying active helps to reduce blood pressure and reduces the risk of avoidable health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Physical activity, along with nutritious dieting is the best way to maintain a healthy body.
  • Helps your immune system fight viruses- Physical activity helps to boost the immune system. Regular physical activity, over time, may help to flush bacteria out of the lungs and unclog airways.  A clear air path and a boosted immune system may reduce the chance of getting COVID-19.
  • Helps to relieve stress and anxiety- The entire world is under stress during the current coronavirus pandemic. Stress can be dangerous for the immune system. Exercising helps to release serotonin and other endorphins that positively affect the brain by improving your overall mood and working against depression and dementia.
  • Manages body weight- Studies show that people whole are obese are also at high risk of COVID-19. Regular physical activity and healthy eating help with weight management. People who are overweight are associated with higher health risks.
  • Helps children focus- Physical activity in children helps with concentration. Studies show that physical activity is beneficial in improving behavioral issues in kids who suffer from ADHD and other ailments.
  • Produces a stronger, healthier, more flexible body- Physical activity works to improve muscle and bone strength. It also increases flexibility and balance. A healthy body is essential for everyone. Over time, the results of regular physical activity will be beneficial as the body ages.

How Can I Be Physically Active at Home?

One of the most challenging parts of the COVID-19 epidemic is the stay at home order. Gyms and workout facilities have been closed all over the world, and some of us may be feeling overwhelmed about finding ways to stay active while at home.

Here are a few tips that will help you start your very own home workout routine.

Set your intentions: When starting your home routine, make sure you consider what you are good at, and what you are trying to improve. Here are a few physical abilities everyone should work on at home to help boost the immune system.

Review these abilities and figure out which ones you’re good at and which ones you need to improve on:

  1. Overall strength and core strength – Muscle strength is the amount of force the muscle holds against a form of resistance. Resistance can be external, through heavy items or weights, or internal, from the body. The core houses the muscles that control key movement patterns. Improving core strength helps to improve motion and overall muscle strength.
  2. Flexibility & Stability – When you think about flexibility, think about how much you can move through your active and passive range of motion. Also, consider your mobility. Your home workout should focus on active joint movement. Stability refers to the ability to maintain control of joint positioning. Yoga and pilates are great home-friendly workouts that focus on flexibility and stability.
  3. Coordination & balance – Standing tall and strong is essential to healthy balance. Balance refers to the ability to simultaneously maintain movement control and coordination of multiple body parts.

Staying healthy at home may seem challenging, but there are health and wellness businesses and initiatives that are designed to assist us during this hard time. Here’s some information on telehealth consults that can address your health needs while remaining no-contact.

Telehealth Video Consultations With Exercise Physiologists

Live Well Rehab now provides telehealth consultations. We are able to assess your health remotely, avoiding any physical contact. We can then customize an exercise program in order to treat your condition. Consultations can be claimed via Medicare, NDIS, WorkCover, DVA, Aged Care and other private insurers. Telehealth consultations are essential now, more than ever, and they can help you to learn new ways to stay active and treat existing conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staying active while at home does not have to be complicated. Exercise daily to maintain or improve your fitness, maintain a healthy diet, and consult Live Well Rehab through telehealth consultations for health and wellness advice and a customized exercise program for your needs.

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