Physical activity is known to have the ability to provide immediate benefits. It can help to boost one’s mood, reduce stress, improve sleep, and sharpen focus — benefits that can be especially important during stressful times. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity can also help you live a longer, healthier life by reducing the risk of many common chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Dathan Jones, CEO of the YMCA of Big Spring, told KBest News that being active during this time of social distancing can improve self-esteem, and will help people feel a lot better than minimal movement around the house. He also advised that most adults will need to slowly work their way into fitness.
Walking around the block, doing jumping jacks in your house, or squats are great ways to get started. He advised that it's a good idea to begin with intervals of 10-15 minutes of activity to get in 30-40 minutes of physical activity every day.
Jones advised that people can jog in the backyard, run in place in their house, or just get creative with their cardio exercises, or find online videos to follow along. The maximum heart rate to aim for is 220-age, but he reminded that people should listen to their bodies if they’re feeling fatigue then they should slow down and modify movements if needed.
"The most important thing is that you gotta get up off that couch," said Jones. "You gotta get up and gotta get moving."