Even In Lockdown, You Can Stay Active
No matter the age or gender, being physically active leads to healthy results on many levels.
With many people trying to shed the COVID 19 the last few months – some have been more successful than others – it’s important to know that you don’t need to be in a sports club or gym to get a vital dose of daily activity.
Going for a bike ride, using the outdoor track, kicking or throwing a ball around in the backyard or using one of the many amazing trails (which are at the moment surrounded by amazing fall colours), or simply going for a long walk are all cost efficient and easy ways to stay healthy.
The Sport Lab’s Dr. Lowell outlined a lot about what a healthy lifestyle means to everyone – but in this case in particular, seniors in a pre-Covid recording of the Muskoka Unlimited Podcast.
However, those with health and mobility issues – or who are caring for someone with health and mobility issues - may not be able to get out of the house long enough for an effective dose of outdoor activity. Still others could be stuck indoors or on their own property due to other reasons.
Well, if that’s you, fear not. There are still plenty of ways to be active and keep in decent physical condition while stuck at home.
Stand as much as possible, walk around your apartment or home as much as possible (it’s bonus if you are able to walk up and down stairs), squats, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees and other easy-to-perform at-home exercises will keep your body burning energy instead of storing fat.
For those who don’t have actual free weights lying around, using large cans of tomatoes or other easy-to-grip items will work for a variety of chest, arms and shoulder exercises.
There are also plenty of fitness professionals posting free at-home workout videos or doing reduced prices for their clients to tune into online webcasts of their classes.
This is what fitness professional Aimee Sinclair has done throughout the pandemic. And she did a great job explain how she was able to engage the community as well as provide a lot of at-home tips during her visit to the Muskoka Unlimited Podcast in early September.
There may or may not be a second wave of Covid coming and we may again be locked down for a few months. If that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to avoid making that Covid19 into a Covid38 by learning how to keep active at home.
By Chris Occhiuzzi, special to HuntersBayRadio.com
When Chris isn’t writing stories for HuntersBayRadio.com, Dockside Publishing or running MuskokaUnlimited.com, you can find him volunteering his time as a coach and board member for the Huntsville Soccer Club.