Ways To Stay Active During Social Distancing

March 23, 2020

Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

Just a few weeks ago, the term “social distancing” had never even been a thought. If you are cooped up inside, try and get active for at least thirty minutes per day. In these coming days or weeks, there are some excellent ways that you can keep your body moving while social distancing yourself.

Find an At-Home Workout Routine

Luckily, in our day and age, finding workout resources on YouTube, the App Store, Pinterest and more is easier than ever. Keeping your body healthy and moving can help keep your mind sharp, as well as drive out any anxiety. Take what you usually do at a gym or outside and translate that into a workout you can do in the comfort of your own home!

    Learn a New Dance

    With the rise of TikTok, there are hundreds of new dances to learn. Not only does this create movement while being inside, but it can also be fun for others to do with you. If you are home with family and distancing yourself from public places and people, try and get your family members to learn a dance with you! This can create community within your living environment while just letting loose.

    Go for a Walk

    This might sound so simple, and that’s because it is! Fresh air can be so good for our bodies. Going for a brisk walk can help get you into a more positive headspace after being inside all day! Go alone or invite the family dog so it can get some energy out, too.

    Learn Some Yoga Poses

    Yoga can be an excellent way to clear your mind of any worry or fear. Go on YouTube and find some new yoga poses, or even a yoga routine that will be best for you. Find a quiet place in your home and practice these techniques. Maybe this means waking up before the rest of your family so you can start the day with peace and prayer!

    Clean Your Living Space

    Whether it’s your room, kitchen, bathroom, or any room in your home, right now couldn’t be a better time to clean, organize, and Marie Kondo your place. Try and find the most commonly touched items in your house and disinfect them. If you don’t have any disinfectant, look up some substitutes. You’d be surprised what household item can be used to get rid of germs (hydrogen peroxide, anyone?!). Be extra cautious of surfaces you touch, and go the extra mile when tidying up. Try to turn this into a game with your siblings or see what other chores you might be able to do that help you reach your move goal!

    Challenge Your Friends

    If you have an Apple watch, share your Activity with your friends who also have one! This will help keep each of you accountable and turn your move and exercise rings into a daily challenge with each other. Or, see what type of trends are happening on Instagram right now like the 10 push-up challenge!

    All of these things can be useful tools while social distancing. The temptation to sit on the couch all day and binge watch Netflix shows is very real, but keeping your body moving will not only keep your immune system up, it will also keep you in shape for when life goes back to “normal”. Finally, lean into God with your fear, uncertainty, or anger you have in this new season at home miles away from your friends and trying to figure out online classes with your family around 24/7. Cling to the words of Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”