We all know how important it is to keep active for long-term health and fitness. However, it’s not just a physical thing. Stress is at an all-time high, and exercise is a great way to calm the mind and relieve stress.
So, what can you do to help stay fit and healthy whilst social distancing? Well, here’s what the the team at Nuvo Wellbeing have been doing.
Spend a few minutes stretching each morning.
Whether you’ve only got five minutes, or twenty, spending a few minutes first thing in the morning stretching out and working the joints and muscles can be very beneficial for both the mind and body.
Spend time outdoors each day.
Spend some time, even if only a few minutes, outdoors every day. If you have a garden or a park, that’s great. Don’t have either, or maybe the weather is terrible, at least open a window. Breathe some fresh air. Feel nature on your face and skin, whether that be sun, wind, or rain.
There’s something calming about connecting to nature, even more so during times of uncertainty and stress. Find a local field or a secluded woodland area (so that you can keep to social distancing rules), turn off your smartphone notifications and getting to know the space well. If you like gardening, that’s the perfect excuse to get outdoors and get moving!
Walking is one of the greatest exercises you can do, because it’s easy to scale it up or down depending on your fitness, and doesn’t cost anything.
Walking can also be a really great way to relieve stress. Pop some earphones in, put on some music, an audio book or a podcast and put one foot in front of the other. It works great even during times of self-isolation because most of us will know places we can go that are relatively quiet.
Can’t go outside? Go for a walk indoors. Sounds crazy, but you can get a good walk, especially if you have stairs!
Get up out of your chair every hour.
Move more. Most smartwatches and fitness trackers have a feature that reminds you to move every hour if you’ve been still. Use it! Don’t sit for many hours on end hunched over a keyboard. It’s not a viable option in the long term.
Get up, stretch, have a drink, go look out of a window for a few minutes.
Spend time with your pets.
Dogs need walking, cats need playing with, other pets could do with some attention. Spend some time with your pets. They’ll enjoy it and you will feel much better.
Try online classes.
Classes are out, but there’s a lot of great ones online, either in the form of live classes or pre-recorded sessions. We especially recommend practices that put a lot of focus on the breath, as it’s a brilliant stress-buster.
Nuvo Wellbeing have a range of online dance classes for mixed abilities – view timetable.
and two monthly memberships for those looking to get back into fitness or starting out on their fitness journey – view memberships.