The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the world to STOP, PAUSE and take stock in our lives and practice social distancing for a while.
Although this concept can cause panic, I’m taking the opportunity to slow down once again and spend time with myself and my daughter.
There is no rushing off to school in the mornings, after school activities, piano and dance lessons, birthday parties and play dates. It’s only been a few days but I’m grateful for the time to spend with my child. There has been a “no phone policy” instituted in our household for a few hours during the day.
The last few weeks have been rough but I’m trying to stick to some sort of exercise regimen. Exercise is vital for all of us! Exercising regularly helps the body in so many ways!
- Improves sleep and mood by endorphin release
- Helps our immune system get stronger with release of anti oxidant molecules and anti inflammatory cytokines
- Builds bone density and stronger bones
- Improves complexion
- Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- Tones muscle
- Manages blood sugar and insulin levels
- Boosts energy
- Enhances mental clarity and judgment
- Improves cognitive function by effects on the hippocampus in the brain
During this time of tremendous emotional stress, I know many people will need to keep exercising to help cope with this crisis and alleviate anxiety. I miss my Equinox gym workouts and Live Peloton cycling and running classes but I’m trying other resources!
These are the things I have been doing at home:
- Tracy Anderson DVDs
- 305 Fitness
- Peloton yoga, meditation and cardio/HIIT workouts
- Barry’s bootcamp
- AKT on demand
- Nike Training App
Planet Fitness and Gold Gyms are also offering online classes
Many people are buying Peloton bikes and treadmills for the household. The “Mirror” has also been a big hit with some!
Involve your kids in the physical activity! I have been jump roping outside and doing push ups, jumping jacks and planks with my child! There are so many resources out there. My daughter has been joining me in the physical activity!
Get moving everyone and stay sane!