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Stay Active While Social Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts recommend that we keep a distance of at least six feet from other people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many cities and states even have some kind of “stay home” order in effect.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get the 150 to 300 minutes a week of exercise recommended for most people. While you should avoid going to the gym or other places where people gather, you still can get the exercise you need.

There’s good reason to make a point of staying active. For one thing, exercise helps your immune system stay healthy, which is very important right now. It’s also a great way to cope with the stress and anxiety you may be feeling.

Get creative with close-to-home activities like these:

  • Have a virtual dance party with friends over video chat.
  • If you have stairs, climb up and down for 10 minutes at a time. Work them into a strength routine with moves like inclined pushups or tricep dips.
  • Make up your own jump rope and shadowboxing routine. No equipment required.
  • Stream a free yoga video. Now’s an ideal time to perfect that warrior pose.
  • Get out into your garden and tackle some yardwork. Nature is a great stress-reliever too.
  • Play active games, like croquet or soccer, with your family (as long as everyone is healthy).
  • If you’re working from home, take some laps around the house on your breaks. Maybe even have a walking phone conference.
  • Do some wall sits while you read a book.
  • Make up a circuit workout with different activities in each room, like jumping jacks, burpees, and lunges.

Exercise is so important that even cities and states that have asked residents to stay home still allow people to go outside for exercise as long as you practice social distancing (keeping six feet away from other people). So there’s nothing stopping you from tried-and-true activities like taking a walk, a run, or a bike ride nearby.