Don’t let exercise fall by the wayside just because you’re stuck at home.
Most, if not all, of the local and state “Stay at Home” mandates call for the temporary closure of gyms, health clubs and community centers to prevent gathering which could spread the COVID-19 virus. That doesn’t mean you should stop exercising, though. In fact, many of those same “Stay at Home” orders also include reminders that you can still take a walk outside or go a park provided you employ good social distancing practices.
Participating in regular physical activity will help you maintain your muscle mass and preserve, or even increase, your bone density. Even a simple exercise program can help you improve your balance, posture and flexibility thereby decreasing the likelihood of a fall. And, best of all, getting regular physical activity has been shown to decrease pain and depression.
Even if you can’t or do not wish to leave the house right now (totally understandable!), there are many things you can do to stay in shape in the comfort of your own home and with no special equipment. A quick Google or YouTube search will reveal a cornucopia of suggestions, guidelines and programs for simple, beginner in-home exercise routines. Remember, it is always advisable to check with your physician before starting a new exercise program.
As we’ve discussed before, for those of us living with diabetes, it is especially important to wear our shoes and inserts whenever we are up, standing and walking. This is especially true when exercising – even in the home. When you’re standing in front of your closet choosing “work out” shoes, look for a well-fitting shoe with a cushioned sole and good support – the majority of Dr. Comfort shoes will fit the bill.
Stay safe and stay active!