Use the COVID-19 shutdown to get healthier

Use the COVID-19 shutdown to get healthier

So, you’re stuck at home as the world works through the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations! You’re doing the right thing by practicing social distancing and helping everyone stay safe.

But now, you have a different, comparatively minor, concern: How to avoid packing on the pounds through stress eating, the so-called quarantine 15.

If you’re used to working out regularly and now you find yourself cooped up, relax. You can still break a sweat without breaking the rules.

This is the perfect chance to explore the multitude of online fitness apps, downloadable videos and other on-demand workouts. In fact, fitness experts say this is a great time to sample new and different workouts in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

There are online choices for every age, level of fitness and interest. Are you a dancer at heart but always have felt self-conscious in that setting? Dial up a barre workout, or get you and your family grooving to a dance class.

Looking for something easier on the joints? Try a yoga or Pilates class. If you’d like to go old school, ’70s fitness guru Richard Simmons has free, fun workouts on YouTube.

No matter what you try, look to combine strength, cardio and mobility sessions into your routine. Move at your own pace and pay attention to how your body and muscles feel to find the best fit. Keep in mind, whenever you try a new workout, expect to feel some soreness.

Any kind of movement and exercise will boost your energy levels and elevate your mood and even your immune functions, all good steps for helping you and your family cope with the stress we’re all feeling as we go through these unprecedented times.

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