How and Why It is So Important to Keep Moving During Our Quarantine
My children and I are currently in our house, taking our classes online. I am working on my Masters in Nutrition. It takes a lot of discipline, but I am making an effort to make sure that they get outside for 5 to 10 minutes every hour or two. I am telling them to treat it like a passing period, the 5 minutes when they would travel from class to class. You can also treat it like an opportunity to get up from your desk or chair and get your blood flowing. It will really improve your mood. When you return to your work, you will be able to better focus and have increased productivity and creativity.
I am coaching my clients, friends, family neighbors and husband to get outside or find another release for themselves that doesn’t involve wandering into the kitchen and searching through the pantry or frig.
Here are a few ideas that you can use to spark your body and mind to get moving:
– Walk and Talk
I highly recommend that you take your calls outside. We are finding that it is increasingly important for us to reach out to our family and friends. Get up and move while you talk. Encourage the person on the other end of the phone to do the same. If the weather or pollen makes it difficult to go outside, walk around your house or march in place or do some crunches while you are on the phone.
Here are a couple of links to articles that list the benefits and the “Incredible Power of Walking”.
- Nature Cures
“Prize the natural spaces and shorelines most of all, because once they’re gone, with rare exceptions they’re gone forever. In our bones we need the natural curves of hills, the scent of chapparal, the whisper of pines, the possibility of wildness. We require these patches of nature for our mental health and our spiritual resilience.”
Getting outside and hearing the silence interspersed with songs of the doves has such an amazingly calming effect.
The light exposure and fresh air will lift your mood, give you a new perspective and help you sleep better at night.
The sun will also give your body the tools to make vitamin D, which will improve your mood, strengthen your bones and REGULATE NORMAL IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION!
Exposure to nature will also help to relieve stress.
(Know yourself. If the current high pollen count will lower your immune system, then move inside. If your immune system is fighting pollen, it will be less able to fight infectious bacteria and viruses.)
- Take an Online Yoga Class
I have to say again how grateful I am to Half Moon Power Yoga for providing classes online in various formats. I love it when I am able to “attend” my favorite yoga class in really time, but I also have to option to practice yoga with their great teachers in other formats that allow me to take the class at a time that is convenient for me. I am loving the connection that we can maintain through the Zoom classes that Half Moon is offering.
– Just Dance!
Every hour or two, put on a song and dance around. Dance with your whole body. Use your arms and hand to express. Move your hips and waist.
This will benefit everyone in your home. It may also help you break up any tension that you may be feeling after so much “together time.”
YouTube videos and other online resources are great ways to find new workouts that just use your own body weight to strengthen your muscles. You can get a full body strengthing workout with just your body, your will and the floor.
– Personal Training through FaceTime
I have been personal training and providing nutritional and habit-change coaching to my clients via FaceTime or Zoom. It is working wonderfully. I know lot of my fitness professional friends are providing similar services. See what you can find that would work for you and give you the opportunity to develop your personal fitness goals and potential.
- Try Something New
Go online and play with something you have never tried before. What do you have to lose? This is a great opportunity to experiment with a new way of moving.
Next Up: A Great Oppotunity for Self-Improvement
This is an excellent opportunity to get out of the rat race and focus on some positive changes for ourselves and our world. We might not have the daily distractions that keep us from exploring our own true desires and our true purpose in this world. How can we serve others? What are your strengths? What do you have to share?
Brenda Morgan, A Health Warrior, is a Master Health Coach Nutritionist, an ACSM Personal Trainer and a Fitness Teacher. Her goal is to inspire, motivate and support millions of people to make better choices to create their best lives. She has practiced for more than 15 years in the health and fitness industry. She wants to share her knowledge and expertise with everyone so that they don’t have to suffer the modern diseases that are affecting so many and their families. Good Nutrition, Fitness and Lifestyle Habits are the keys to Living to your Full Potential.
Brenda is a wife and the mother of two teenagers. She has a Bachelors in Music from Baylor University, a Masters in Business and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nutrition.
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