Benefits of Exercise during the Pandemic

Stress. Anxiety. Fear. All normal emotions during a crisis. They’re enough to make anyone binge on carbs and Netflix during a global pandemic. COVID-19 is quickly coming jokingly referred to as COVID-19 plus pounds. But the seriousness of weight gain, isolation and a sedentary lifestyle is no joking matter.

Being inactive may cause one to experience some decline in health. But there is a simple solution—get up and get moving! The age-old prescription of physical exercise can provide strength training, increase immunity and decrease stress.

Exercising three times a week can allows for burning those extra calories caused by dietary changes and offset the effects of sedentary activities. Research shows that an antioxidant enzyme produced when exercising may stave off or lessen the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a condition that occurs when the lungs become so inflamed, they get stiff and swollen, leading to fluid buildup and oxygen deprivation. ARDS is one of the complications that people with COVID-19 can develop, and it is associated with a higher death rate from the disease.

The closures of parks, gyms, fitness studios, and other public places have resulted in reduced opportunities for physical activity. Social distancing affects a person’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.

There are options that allow us to continue to exercise safely and maintain a healthy lifestyle despite dealing with COVID-19.

Exercise at Home: Using exercise videos online or via a streaming service can keep you and your family active.

Walking: Walking in your neighborhood or walking on a track while practicing a 6 foot distance from people and wearing a mask can assist with keeping you in healthy mindset.

Duration: Exercising 30 minutes a day or completing 75 minutes a week can assist with your immunity.  Research has shown that regular, moderate intensity exercise has immune boosting benefits that may assist your body with fighting off infections, including COVID-19.

Plenty of Sleep: Evidence suggests regular exercise helps one to fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality. Getting a good night’s sleep can boost your immune system.

The new normal has truly reshaped the country. But everyone is learning to adjust. Make modifications. Make due. Exercising contributes so many benefits to our bodies and minds. So, today start your 30 minute plan to get your body more healthy.