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In the Time of Coronavirus: Social Distancing and Exercising

written by Holly M. Gross, M.D.
on Thursday, 9th April ,2020


While being forced to stay home can lead to boredom and lethargy, it does not need to be the case. As a society we spend a lot of money on health clubs, gym memberships, fitness centers, etc.  I do the same, mostly because I find I push myself harder when in a class with an instructor, and because I like the social aspect.  The first thing I did as a member of the Lady Docs was to join the Saturday boot camp, which I continue to do weekly for the past several years.

An expensive membership is not necessary to stay healthy, and being homebound is a good reminder of that.  It is a chance to refocus on our health since we have more time.  One can still go out for walks, bike rides, runs while maintaining social distancing, just don’t stop to talk to neighbors along the way!  There are many options for online classes such as yoga, meditation, core and strength training, and cardio.  I have owned a Peloton for the last year and half, which allows me to exercise at home.  Peloton is now offering 90 days free access to its online classes.  Isometric exercises like planks and wall sits are great for the core muscles and gluteus and thighs, and you can get some cardio in while jumping rope or jogging in place while watching TV!

Finally, just a reminder that when you do go out, stay safe. Remember that viral particles can be transmitted through respiratory droplets directly or from particles on inanimate objects, so stay at least six feet from anyone outside your inner circle, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes.

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