The COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions have limited much of our everyday physical movement, including simply walking to and from the car to work or another destination. It’s easy to get stuck sitting for prolonged periods, which poses health risks. The good news: simple, light physical activity can be beneficial too. While even a brief walk is ideal, try incorporating these movements into your day:
Stand up and move your muscles! Aim to interrupt seated time every 30 minutes. Consider setting up a “standing desk” by using a high table or stacking a pile of books while working or doing an activity like putting together a puzzle.
Make pacing a habit! Walk around while on the phone or during conference calls (without the video).
Do jumping jacks during TV commercials or midway through a series episode. Or try sit-ups, a yoga pose, or a few arm lifts using a set of small hand weights, or a filled water jug.
Put more “oomph” into chores. Take an extra big stretch while putting away dishes on top shelves. During vacuuming, do a few extra squats while using the dustpan, and so on.
Talk to your healthcare practitioner about ways to increase your physical activity if you have a health condition or are feeling ill.