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STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many of us are very restricted in our movements, it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Even a short break from sitting, by doing 3-5 minutes of physical movement, such as walking or stretching, will help ease muscle strain, relieve mental tension and improve blood circulation and muscle activity. Regular physical activity can also help to give the day a routine and be a way of staying in contact with family and friends. 

Physical activity includes all forms of active recreation, sports participation, cycling and walking, as well as activities you do at work and around the home and garden. It doesn’t have to be exercise or sport – play, dance, gardening, and even house cleaning and carrying heavy shopping is all part of being physically active.

Here are the minimum levels of activity recommended by the World Health Organization:

  • All children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity.
  • Adults, 18 years of age or older should do at least 150 minutes of physical activity throughout the week
  • Older adults with poor mobility should do physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls on 3 or more days per week. 

But any physical activity is better than none.  Start with small amounts and gradually increase duration, frequency and intensity over time. Put simply, it is a critical time to ensure we all move more and sit less. Here are some resources to get your body moving.

Traditional/Cardio/Boot Camp
Yoga/Barre/Pilates
ADA Workouts

STAY CULTURALLY ACTIVE

It is also important to stay culturally connected while staying at home. Take this opportunity to livestream a musical performance or virtually tour a museum, there are plenty of ways of keeping up artistically during COVID-19. Staying at home and socially distancing may be disrupting our daily lives, but it doesn't mean you have to be bored. Here are some links and ideas to satisfy your creative cravings from your own home. 

Museums
Zoos & Aquariums
The Great Outdoors