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The pandemic is disrupting every area of our lives, including our exercise routines. We can no longer simply go where we would like, visit the gym or play team sports. It is tempting to sit at home and spend more time on the couch and binge-watch favourite TV shows. However, physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing a serious disease, and even before this pandemic, many of us failed to take enough exercise. While self quarantining, make it your mission to move more. There are plenty of things you can do at home, such as catching up on your gardening; if you have exercise equipment at home or a swimming pool, use them. Otherwise, take a look on YouTube to find a good home workout routine suited to your fitness level.
Muscle strengthening exercises are especially important to do at least twice weekly. You don’t need special weights; you can fill a water bottle or milk carton, or use your bodyweight. You’ll find plenty of ideas for bodyweight exercises online.
Avoid sitting for long periods by taking regular breaks and walking around your home. If you are on the phone, get up and walk around as you talk. While watching TV, use the ad breaks to do some exercises like situps, squats or push-ups.
If you have kids, use the time to play with them as they need plenty of physical activity too.
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