The social distancing policies that have been put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, mean that most people will have to spend much, if not all, their time at home.
Self-isolation means far fewer opportunities to be physically active and being at home means far more opportunities to be stationary, i..e not moving!
While self-isolation measures are necessary, our bodies and minds still need exercise to function well. Exercising helps strengthen the immune system, and releases endorphins, which will help to keep your spirits up, during these challenging times.
How much physical activity?
The World Health Organisation recommendations are for all adults to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, as well as muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.
Note - Pregnant and postnatal women may need to take extra precautions and seek medical advice before striving to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity.
Always listen to your body, and never try and overdo it. Any activity is better than none, and more activity provides more physical and mental health benefits.
Dance the COVID-19 blues away with Social Dis-dancing!
Dancing is an excellent way to maintain fitness as it can reach moderate and vigorous intensity (depending on the track!).
Dancing also has established mental health benefits to help us cope with the coronavirus-imposed solitude.
Every Mumma Matters
Check out the NHS website, Every Mind Matters, for further support, and free apps and guidance about your mental and physical health.