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Family workout activities against the virus and others

 

Get up, ask your family, and get moving! Physical activity and exercise can help you combat symptoms of both depression and anxiety and can even help you sleep better. It doesn’t need to be intense, just something to get your blood pumping.

For managing symptoms of depression, an article from Mayo Clinic suggests that elevated levels of aerobic activity (exercise that significantly raises our heart rates) may be associated with greater reductions in depressive symptoms. Consider engaging in physical activity once or twice daily, including brief periods (30-90 seconds) of greater intensity. For some, this might be accomplished through exercise in running, cycling, swimming(if you have a pool or improvise), or resistance exercises.

Strength training is a great way to relieve the adverse effects of stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to remember not to overdo it. Whether you’re a child or an adult, it’s essential to find a balance of moderate to vigorous physical activity throughout the day to see the benefits.

Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495

https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/michigan-psychiatry-resources-covid-19/your-lifestyle/importance-physical-activity-exercise-during-covid-19-pandemic

Consider Activities to Bond While Indoors – Go Mental and Physical!

 

Staying at home during quarantine does not need to be cheap or boring.

Spend some time with your family this summer! Take them on some fun and adventures, even in your backyard. Prepare the picnic ahead of time and pack everything into a basket. You’ll get some fresh air and a dose of vitamin D.

While having a traditional picnic, make use of activities and bonding games to catch on.

You can have stretchings together, or even exercise by running/jumping around or plan some activities that you’ll get your kids to have fun too! Try treasure hunting, puzzle games, or toss ball after routine exercises. You can pull a trick by creating an improvised obstacle course suitable for kids as team players.

 

Multiple benefits

Family members need to take a supportive role in promoting physical activity and exercise. Allowing individuals to maintain their autonomy and choice in their activities will be necessary for ongoing engagement. We are all managing additional stress related to the growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the potential to threaten the health of ourselves, our families, and our communities. Consider using physical activity and exercise as a strategy to maintain health during this stressful period.

When you make exercise fun for your family, it’ll be more likely to stick with their exercise routine. Exercise is vital for your family because it helps to reduce heart risks, control weight, and helps kids do better in school.