Social Distancing? How to Stay Physically Active from Home
I think most of us can agree that it’s tough being stuck in the house.
But, we always have the choice to look for positives in hard situations. Here are some things I’ve done and appreciated during this unknown time that I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise: spent lots of time with my loved ones cooking meals, playing games, etc., caught up with friends from college, enjoyed videos online of people doing kind things for others, taken online certifications, studied and read, and have gotten more cleaning done than I ever imagined.
I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to sit still and when I do, I experience increased anxiety. Remaining active is so important to combat the increased anxiety, depression, decreased mood and energy, and more we may be experiencing during this pandemic.
If you’re running out of things to do, here are ideas you can consider to stay active:
Do an on-demand workout
Download a fitness app and try some of those
Do yard work
Go on a run/walk (maintain social distancing and consider wearing a self made mask)
Put some music on and dance
Do squats or any form of exercise every time a commercial comes on the TV
Subscribe to a fitness influencer’s YouTube page and follow their videos
Start the day with jumping jacks
Come up with challenges ex. Everytime you hear or read COVID-19 do 10 pushups
Join a Facebook Page such as “Type 1 Fitness” and get inspired by other people with diabetes
Walk/run in place while watching TV or a movie
Do some yoga-you can find videos online for all levels
Pace around your house (really helps with stress and anxiety but also tends to annoy others but it’s for your health)
Household cleaning-wash your windows, vacuum
Rearrange your furniture
FOR IDS PATIENTS(PAST AND PRESENT):
We will be sending emails out in batches, but if you haven’t gotten one yet about exercise programming please read below:
To help combat the coronavirus situation and gym closures we would like to offer a COMPLIMENTARY limited time service of personalized exercise prescription available on a first-come first-served basis, exclusively for clients of Integrated Diabetes Services (past and present). We believe that exercise plays a very important role in well being and diabetes management.
Currently, I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in exercise physiology and I am Certified Personal Trainer. I’ll work with you individually through text, email or video calls as needed and provide workout programs based on your fitness level, goals, and equipment you have available.
Additionally, please continue to work with your IDS clinician on any issues related to blood sugar management with any forms of exercise.
Kathryn Gentile is an exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also recently received her CPT, certified personal training certificate.