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Exercising at Home? Be Creative

Finding ways to stay active when you are stuck at home whether because you are in treatment, recovering from surgery oa are required to remain home due to the COVID-19 virus, can be a challenge. It requires us to think outside the box a bit. It is important to readjust your ideas of exercise. If you have fitness equipment in your home, you will be able to continue you routine as you have always done, but if you don't have equipment you have to be more creative.

The first thing you can do is go for ao walk outside. It will feed your heart and your mind at the same time! If you are recovering from surgery or are currently in treatment, focus more on the movement and less on your speed or duration, those things will come in time. It is good to think of your exercise as another way to nourish and heal your body.

It is difficult to stay inside, but some days, if the weather is not good, you have to be indoors. Try to get up from from your chair and walk around every hour. Make it fun and create a little obstacle course route through your home that you have to do 3 times before you sit down again. If you can purchase a stretchy exercise band, it is a very inexpensive way to do strength training. When you stand up from your chair, do a set of 10 chair squats by lowering yourself to the chair and standing back up again. Cross your arms over your chest so you don't use your hands to assist you.

Most important, be kind to yourself and think of this time as a challenge that won't last forever!

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