This Version Posted: May 25, 2020
HKPR District Health Unit
If you’re like me, it’s hard to think about anything other than COVID-19.
Being active is a great way to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety about the coronavirus, while helping to boost energy levels and help children burn off excess energy. I know the simple act of walking my dog on a quiet trail does wonders for me in reducing stress and improving my mood.
And now, with so much time on your hands, there’s no excuse not to be active!
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines are a good starting point. The Guidelines not only detail how much physical activity people at different ages and stages of life need, but also offer tips on the amount of sleep, screen time and other activities that are recommended each day.
With spring in the air, going outdoors is a great place to be active. The sights and sounds in nature can lower blood pressure levels and calm stress and anxiety in adults and children. Consider: kicking a ball around in the backyard; playing basketball in the driveway; going out for a family walk, run or bike ride; or getting children to rake the lawn or help in the garden.
In being active, don’t forget social distancing – reducing contact with others to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s a must to maintain two-metres (six-feet) distance from others. If you’re out for a walk or plan to visit a local park, be aware of the presence of others – and adjust your plans accordingly.
If you’re self-isolating, consider these options to be active at home:
- Put on an exercise video or stream a workout online
- Use the stairs as a workout
- Dance with your children to favorite music
- Help children learn movement skills with these activities
- Check out 200 Activities You Can Do at Home
- ParticipAction – No Gym, No Park, No Problem
While physical activity isn’t a cure-all, it can be a great antidote to help you cope with COVID-19 concerns!