Staying Active During COVID-19

Kamryn Scurry

Staying active during a pandemic is tough. As the public adjusts to a new routine and life indoors, it is important to move regular workout routines indoors as well.

Now more than ever, maintaining social distancing is extremely important in order to flatten the curve and return to normal life. Although it might seem tempting to use this time away from work and school to explore the outdoors while the weather warms up, people must avoid public spaces such as city parks.

In an effort to further implement social distancing, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered city parks closed from April 10-12. The parks have since reopened, but remain closed to gatherings.

“Our first responders need us to stay home and stay healthy so that our health care system does not become overwhelmed,” Durkan wrote in an April 9 tweet. “We must continue to flatten the curve so we can get back to normal soon.”

With this in mind, here are some ways you can stay active and healthy without straying far from your house.

1. Walk Around the Neighborhood

Given that you can’t hike outside, my recommendation for solitary movement is walking within your neighborhood with a mask as per the CDC’s recommendation.

2. Find Workout Tutorials

Many at home workouts can be found online. My favorite right now is Jane Fonda’s Exercise Challenge.

3. Take a Virtual Dance Class

Many professional ballet dancers are creating Youtube content that is similar to attending an open class. Nationale Opera & Ballet has great quality videos.

4. Bike Within Your Neighborhood

Spring is one of the best seasons to dust off your bike, you can finally ride without becoming a wet rat. Be sure to wear a helmet and stay at least six feet away from other bikers.

5. Deep Clean Your Home

Cleaning your space can be an excellent cardiovascular workout. Now is a great time to get it done, since you are already stuck inside. You’ll appreciate all your hard work when you are done.

Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing. More real-time data from epidemiologists can be found on the CDC’s website.