Why Continue Being Physically Active During a Pandemic
Across the world, governments have implemented many measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Many of them rely on the principles of “social distancing” and “self-isolation”. However, maintaining a physically active lifestyle can become challenging with these Public Health and Social Measures (PHSM). This is a major concern for older adults who are typically less active and more prone to frailty, or muscle loss. As an example, preliminary data regarding physical activity showed that there was a reduction of 53% in those aged 70.
It is important to note that PHSM should not equal reduction in physical activity. Many countries, such as Canada, still allow outdoor physical activity as long as social distancing is ensured. Moreover, many activities can be home-based and still be considered a moderate- intensity physical activity. Body- weight exercise is a great way of working out while improving physical strength. When not possible, using tin cans and water-bottles as weights can also be an appropriate alternative. These do not require a lot of space, but people should make sure that they are performing their physical activity in a safe environment to prevent falls and injuries.
One of the goals of Strive program for fall prevention is making sure that older adults remain active, pandemic or not. Maintaining motivation and understanding what a right level of physical activity is can be difficult for some. When adhering to the free private exercise sessions, you can be reassured that you will receive a personalized and evidence-based program targeted to your needs. In addition, you will benefit from all the advantages that exercise has on the body including the ones related to the memory, heart and balance.
If you feel like moving at this precise moment, I urge you to go see another blog: 4 ways to stay active when stuck inside.
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Central Statistics Office . Social impact of COVID-19 survey. 2020.