It’s probably safe to say that if you had a routine before the current COVID-19 crisis, it’s become difficult to carry it out now. However, your exercise routine doesn’t have to disappear. Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann strongly recommend that you find the motivation to keep working out or use this extra downtime to create a brand new plan.
Exercise is not only important for the physical body (it’s important for healthy feet), but it can greatly improve your mental health. You can mitigate the effects of social distancing and isolation from your friends and coworkers by working up a sweat.
Here are 4 ways to get it done:
- Create the right mindset. Decide who you want to be – a healthy person inside and out. Buy into exercise as a proactive way to get there, even during this pandemic.
- Start small. Take a short walk, jog, or run around the block if you can do so safely and at an appropriate social distance from others. Increase your distance gradually so as not to induce any foot pain from overuse.
- Go online. If you belong to a gym, check their website’s member portal; many gyms are streaming workouts free every day.
- Start something new and do it safely. The internet offers thousands of videos with instructions on proper form when doing yoga, TaiChi, weightlifting, and more. Find what you like and mix it up for total body workouts.
This crisis will pass. Keep exercising and you’ll come out of it stronger and healthier. Explore our website, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, for general information on foot health, sports, and exercise. Contact us online with your questions about podiatric care for residents of Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties. You can also phone our office in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041.