Why and how to stay active during the quarantine
Fri 05 06 2020

The quarantine can be a hard time, especially for healthy people who are craving to get back to their daily activities and routines. However, while the quarantine period is helpful to avoid further spreading of viruses, Covid19 in the case of today, it should not be spent being sedentary. In fact, physical activity is even more important when you are locked inside. So why is it important to be active during quarantine? This article has the answers, as well as 4 ways to be active inside.

Importance of physical activity

During these difficult times, caring for your health is more crucial than ever. These are some of the benefits of physical activity:

  • Reducing the risk of heart diseases
  • Lowering cholesterol levels in the blood
  • Helping in weight management
  • Helping the body fight off diabetes and cancers
  • Giving you strong bones, joints, and muscles
  • Keeping osteoporosis away
  • Making you recover better after hospitalization
  • Giving you more energy
  • Giving you a healthy state of mind

All these benefits are what you need during quarantine because not being active and being sedentary can attract diseases that you might not be able to heal from later on.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), the following are the best ways to stay active:

1. Take breaks during the day where you can be active

If you are working or studying from home, schedule your breaks when you are more likely to be active. If you like to go for a walk outside during the day, the take longer breaks before the dark hours and go for a long walk or for a jog. And even when you are talking short breaks, make sure that you are moving. Do some stretching, walk inside or outside the house or do some home exercises if you want to.

2. Follow an online class

The internet today is full of free resources that you can take advantage of. Take an online class or follow a trainer that you love on social media as a simple way to stay active and moving. Don’t forget to start with a warm-up and finish with stretching moves.

3. Walk

Whether you have space outside, or inside walk as much as possible. And if you don’t have much space, walking in place is still considered walking. If you have to make a call, do it while walking around the house rather than sitting in your place. If you go out to do so, make sure you keep at least a 1-meter distance with other people.

4. Stand up

Standing up helps you reduce the time you spend in a sedentary state, so make sure that you stand up every once in awhile, even if that means interrupting your work to do so. You can also work standing up, using a high desk or table. Also chose some brain-stimulating activities such as reading that you can do while standing up.