The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in just a few short weeks has changed how we work, socialize and stay active. And many of us are trying to balance new routines, while trying to stay healthy. The American Diabetes Association confirms people with diabetes are not more likely to get COVID-19 than the general public. Yet, it is important to practice social distancing to help reduce the spread of the virus. How do you stay active while practicing social distancing? Here’s some inspiration for keeping you motivated and healthy. We’re all in this together.
If you’re working from home, you’re likely spending less time getting ready for the day. Spend that time stretching. In just a few minutes you can help your muscles feel more relaxed and help calm your mind.
Here are a couple of good videos to follow along.
10-Minute Wake Up Stretch
Be Active Outdoors
Some research has shown that more sunlight can help reduce sickness. In addition, records from the 1918 influenza pandemic suggests that patients and staff who were in an “open-air” hospital in Boston saw better outcomes.
Enjoy being active outdoors. Please remember to follow recommendations of staying at least 6 feet away from other people. You may need to drive to a less-known trail or go at different times of the day.
Connecting with nature can help reduce stress. Just be prepared for springtime weather. That means dress in layers and waterproof clothing.
If you have young children at home with you, go for a spring scavenger hunt. Or if you’re looking for company, phone a friend while walking.
Virtual Runs and Races
If you were looking forward to training for an event this spring, likely it’s been cancelled or postponed. Stay motivated and sign-up for a virtual race, which can be done anywhere. Right now there are a lot of low-cost options.
Take Work Breaks
Transitioning out of the office and into the home for work you might find yourself naturally walking less. And perhaps using the kitchen table for a work desk. Set a reminder to move your body every hour. Walk around the house, stretch, or get a glass of water. If you don’t have to be in front of the computer during a meeting, walk around the house.
Working from home can take a toll on our bodies, unless we take work breaks. Getting up and stretching helps reduce muscle tension and joint pain. Here’s a short video with some stretches you can do in your chair.
Staying Active While Social Distancing
Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is causing unprecedented changes to daily routines. Yet, helping you stay healthy through these challenging times is a priority for us. Remember you can use BlueStar to track activity and to stay motivated to take care of your diabetes health.