This COVID-19 outbreak has kept millions of people inside their homes, waiting for the virus to be fully contained so that they’d be able to resume normal activities outside. Some are facing boredom and all, while many are living a temporary sedentary life, sitting and watching time pass by. Physical inactivity is, then, becoming a major concern as many people couldn’t bear the stress and anxiety from this ongoing pandemic because of the so many restriction orders, and left clueless as to when this will be finally over. They just sit, wait, and see when this going to happen.
To stay fit, adults between the ages of 18 - 64 years old are required to participate in a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for a total of at least 150 minutes a week or an equivalent of high-intensity aerobics for at least 75 minutes in total for a week. Furthermore, aerobic activity should be around 10-minute duration and coupled with the strengthening of the major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week. These aerobic activities should include a combination of leisure time, transportation, occupational, household chores, and sports participation and training. These recommendations are meant to improve fitness and reduce the risks for non-communicable diseases, as well as the risk of acquiring a viral infection. However, these seem to unfit with the new normal situation the world is facing now when what you can only do is to stay home.
While this may appear impossible at these times, there are ways we can do to compensate for the lost time and suitable or appropriate activities. Here are some of the suggestions where you can stay fit while staying at home on a lockdown:
Spend time doing the household chores, and add those that you don’t usually do before the lockdown.
Household chores can replace your workout. Although not as intense and as focus as a true workout, giving your room a thorough cleaning could burn as many calories as 20-minute indoor cycling. At home, some household designates specific chores to every member of the family, so that each has a fair share of daily tasks. You can help each other out and extend assistance to those having a hard time doing a specific chore. Washing the dishes, doing the laundry, vacuuming the floors, and cleaning the rooms are some of the usual stuff one can offer to help with.
Use this time to make repairs, re-landscaping the garden, and rearranging your furniture, as well as general cleaning of the interiors.
A more vigorous than just going-over a room, these activities can slash a significant amount of calories to keep your weight at a decent number. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 154-pound person doing a light gardening or yard work can burn 165 calories in half an hour or 220 calories if he’s put a little more effort.
Maximize your time at home with family bonding
There’s nothing more memorable than anything else than spending your time with your family, something that you don’t get the chance to do before the pandemic because of the tight schedules at work. Sharing physical activities with your kids gets your heart pumping and most importantly, builds family bonds.
The Takeaway:Just doing household chores alone will not enable you to meet that recommendation mentioned, but it can support and maintain your fitness. Choose a combination of these chores and do them intensely for a minimum of 30 minutes several times a week can probably help. Never mind how many calories you burn for each of these tasks. Numbers don’t matter at this time. As long as you move and sweat a little bit. These activities can make you sweat, get you active, and fight the boredom. This is good enough than not doing anything at all.
A REMINDER FROM RECOVAPRO... STAY FIT AND SAFE!