Making the Most of Self-Isolation: #2 Do Some Exercise

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Making the Most of Self-Isolation

In the second of our ‘Making the Most of Self-Isolation’ series, designer Rebecca tells us how exercise can keep us physically and mentally healthy during self-isolation, and the different types of exercise you can do.

#2: Do Some Exercise

My name is Rebecca, I work in the design team at PTS and my hobby and stress reliever is exercise. To me, there is nothing better than breaking a sweat, letting go of any frustrations and waiting for the amazing rush of endorphins which follows. You can exercise pretty much anywhere; a gym, spare room at home/work or out in the open air is even better! Just make sure you’re following the most up-to-date government guidance during the Covid-19 lock-down.

We all know that exercise is good for our health; this isn’t just our physical health but also our mental health. The NHS website says that “physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease”.

Some of you may be thinking that exercise isn’t your thing, but exercise comes in 4 different types and I believe that there is something for everyone!

Below I have complied a list of the four types and some ideas you can try at home to keep active at this time, when some of us are self-isolating but feel fit and well.

Aerobic Activities

Aerobic activities are great for your heart health as they increase your breathing and heart rate. This is the most common type of exercise, that no doubt came to mind when you started reading this blog.

Activities you can do at home include:

• Walking – in nature is best. At this time, you may have to do this wherever you have space (around your garden if you have access to one) or even on the spot

• Climbing the stairs

• Dancing to your favourite music

• Star Jumps

• Skipping

• Air punches

YouTube has a library of workouts you can access for free if you search ‘aerobic workouts at home’.

Strength Activities

Strength activities help our muscle and bone health, keeping them strong as we get older. This is my favourite form of exercise as there are so many different moves you can perform.

Activities you can do at home include:

• Lifting free weights – these could be dumbbells or you could use household items you have to hand e.g. water bottles in each arm

• Using resistance bands

• Body weight strength moves e.g. squats, lunges, press ups, glute bridges

YouTube has a library of workouts you can access for free if you search ‘at home strength workouts’.

Flexibility Exercises

These help us to increase our range of motion and mobility. In addition to this, it can help with our posture and muscle coordination. Flexibility activities can help to reduce the development of arthritis. Activities you can do at home include:

• Yoga

• Pilates (my colleague Laura has a blog about this coming soon!)

YouTube has a library of workouts you can access for free if you search ‘at home flexibility workouts’.

Balance Activities

Balance activities help keep us on our feet and prevent falls by improving our core strength.

Activities you can do at home include:

• Standing on one foot

• Lunges

YouTube has a library of workouts you can access for free if you search ‘at home balance workouts’.

The above activities all go hand in hand and benefit each other. By undertaking a mixture of these would really boost your overall health and keep your body and brain active at what may be a very overwhelming time for some.

Please note that we aren’t health professionals and if you are going to give these a try, you should only exercise when you feel well enough to do so.

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