I think we can all admit that we’re a little stir crazy at this point. My household has been quarantining for a month, and even the dog jumps at the chance to get outside. And she’s a bulldog — she hates exercise.
I liked that the advice from our physical therapist members focused on living healthy and keeping the best habits we can. While some of us might be able to write King Lear while avoiding the plague, most of us are in survival mode. But I do want to create the best habits I can knowing that this could last at least another month, and knowing that exercise is not only good for the body, but also the mind.
Working out while staying at home
It might seem hard to look on the bright side these days. News is grim, and it looks like most of us will need to stay socially distant for some time. For people who rely on exercise classes to stay healthy, it’s another loss on top of the interactions we had at work or school.
But even in this challenging time there are plenty of ways to stay positive and healthy. Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy, a Physiquality member in Orange County, California, reminds us that it’s important to create a new routine to get ourselves through a stay-at-home order. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but by simply getting up at the same time every day (even if it’s a little later than it used to be), showering and making your bed will help you approach each day with a more positive outlook.
Exercising regularly in particular can help both your mental and physical health. Many healthcare professionals are finding ways to help us stay well while staying at home. Here are some examples of how physical therapy clinics in the Physiquality network are helping people at home: