Gyms and parks might be closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but Augusta University Jaguar Sports Medicine is offering creative ways to stay fit during the pandemic.
As families stay home to self-quarantine, Augusta University Health‘s Orthopaedic Ancillary Services Supervisor Lisa Branon encourages alternative ways to stay active as a way to boost a person’s mood and overall well-being.
“Most of us are used to heading to the gym for our workouts, but it’s possible to come up with fun indoor fitness ideas that will keep the blood moving and joints loose,” said Branon. “The key is to do things to keep the motivation up and don’t be afraid to get creative in your approach in doing so.”
Branon offers the following tips to help prevent weight gain and boost the immune system:
Use what you’ve got. Use household items like weights and incorporate simple exercises such as lunges, one-arm rows and squats. Families can also try stretching, yoga, walking around the inside of the house or jogging in place for 60 seconds. Perform one to three rounds of 10 for each exercise before moving to the next one.
Get the family involved. Working out with others can make the experience more enjoyable. Parents can try impromptu 15-minute dance parties with their kids or take advantage of free online workouts to keep the family active during these challenging times.
Go outside, if you can. For those who are still able to venture outside, go for a walk, ride a bike or take a run. Just be sure to practice social distancing and keep 6 feet away from others.
Stick to a routine. As tempting as it may be to stay in bed, set a time for your workouts and stick to it. Keeping an exercise routine will keep you focused and accountable.
To schedule an interview with Branon, call 706-522-3023 or email the media relations team. Read the latest news on COVID-19 on our dedicated resource page, and check out the Augusta University Expert Center to view a complete list of our experts.