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Move Beyond Your Pandemic Slump

Move Beyond Your Pandemic Slump

After being in this pandemic for over a year, life is extremely different. After lockdown and quarantine, everyone got used to staying at home with nowhere to go. Physical activity and exercise got put on the back burner while everyone was trying to adjust to their new lifestyle. If you are not an essential worker, you are most likely working from home at your desk. An already sedentary lifestyle turned even more lackluster by not even having to leave your home to go to work. To get out of your pandemic slump, keep reading for a few tips!

A 2018 study in the Journal of American Medical Association showed that 1 in 4 American adults sit for more than eight hours a day, while 4 in 10 are physically active. This statistic is from before the pandemic when people were more active. Not having an adequate amount of physical activity can cause obesity, poor physical health, and mental health issues. With over a fourth of Americans sitting for more than 8 hours a day, it is extremely important for them to exercise and be active.

Physical activity is not just helpful for physical health, but it is helpful in coping with stress. Exercising releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel happier. The pandemic is a stressful time for everyone, so getting a little bit of physical activity everyday can be helpful in managing your stress.

Since there is limited access to gyms, walking outside is a great way to get active. You could walk with your family or friends too. Walking is not stressful on the body and is great for your heart. Taking a walk can be a great way to take a break from work or to get outside if you are tired of being in your home.

Even just standing up every hour from your desk can be beneficial for your health. The more often you stand, the better. A few variations you could do include standing on one leg and switching, standing while working, or standing while doing tasks you may usually do sitting.

Some other active hobbies include gardening, singing, and dancing. It is smart to combine physical activity with a hobby you enjoy doing so you will be more inclined to be active.

Stretching your muscles is also important. It does not need to be anything major, but doing a few calf raises, leg lifts, and wall pushups can be helpful for your muscles. Stretching your muscles will help with your motivation to get more physically active.

While it is tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic, that does not mean you have to stay cooped up inside your home! Take some time out of your day to take a walk outside and do some stretching. Physical activity can help us feel healthier and happier.