Staying Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Katie Barrow, Writer

Exercise strengthens the immune system and relieves stress. According to the website Exercise is Medicine, staying active can decrease the worry and tension that many people are experiencing right now during this pandemic. Runner’s World also points out that a healthier immune system is better at fighting off viruses, such as Covid-19.

Even though gyms are closed, there are other alternatives for working out. Exercise is Medicine states that it is safe to exercise at home or in the neighborhood. As long as people distance themselves from others and avoid crowds, it is safe to exercise outdoors.

Exercise is Medicine recommends that people of all ages exercise. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans advises people to fit in 150-300 minutes of exercise per week.

Exercises that can be done indoors include walking up and down the stairs, dancing, jump rope, exercise videos, and yoga. Outdoor activities consist of walking, jogging, biking, gardening and lawn work, and playing games.

Runner’s World highly advises walkers and runners to wash their hands after going outside. It is also recommended to walk or run alone and not with a group. If equipment is used during a workout, make sure to wipe it down afterwards. Additionally, use a glove, sleeve, or elbow to avoid directly touching traffic buttons.

Links for workout ideas:

7 at-home workouts

10 at-home workouts