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You may be finding it tougher to exercise while under lockdown or a stay-at-home order. But you can still find ways to make movement a part of your daily routine
With most of our daily movement restricted during the pandemic, it can be difficult to keep up an exercise routine.
If you enjoy fitness classes, you’re probably missing the camaraderie and the atmospheres. And even if you are getting some movement in, you might be feeling frustrated that you’re not at your usual level of activity.
But now, more than ever, exercise is important. It can have a huge impact on anxiety and help ease stress and depression. In addition it can boost your immune system which help you fight the virus if you do ever come into contact with it.
Tips for getting exercise during COVID-19:
Get outside if you can
Check the latest guidelines on the specifics for Wellington County. Take a walk or ride a bike outside if you can.
Gardening and yard work are also good options. The fresh air and sunshine will benefit mental health as well.
Make it a social activity
Including the people you’re self-isolating with can make exercising more fun. Play an active game with your spouse, children or grandkids or turn on some music and dance together.
Track your workouts
Using fitness trackers, apps, or keeping a journal can help you stay accountable and motivated.
Seeing your progress and your ability to keep active will give you a sense of accomplishment and an emotional boost to keep going.
“Sneak” in movement
Even though we’re mostly housebound, you can still find ways to incorporate movement into your day. Try to think of physical activity as a lifestyle choice rather than as a designated event. This may help sustain you in times like these, when your schedule has been upended.
Use chores. Household tasks like scrubbing, sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming can all add up when done at a brisk pace. They work muscles in your arms and legs.
Exercise during commercial breaks. Many of us are watching more TV. Make the commercials and credits count by adding in some squats, side leg raises, heel raises, toe raise, wall push-ups, knee flexion and extension exercises.
Take advantage of pauses during the day. Take advantage of times when you’re waiting for something to finish or start.
Move around the house more. Walk around while you’re making calls. Take an extra lap or two around the house if you have to put something away. If you have stairs, go up and down them a few times a day.
The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is offering ways to participate in the SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) exercise program through technology.
This information was retrieved from: https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/exercise-tips-for-older-adults-during-covid-19-pandemic/
Globe Walk may be finished for the season – but keep your fitness program all year long.
Although we haven’t seen extreme heat yet (only unrelenting wind), it is only a matter of time. Even if you love the heat, remember to take some precautions to stay safe. Enjoy the summer!
Drink Plenty of Liquids
Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks – they can contribute to dehydration.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
When it’s hot out, wear light colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and don’t forget a hat (wide-brimmed is best)
Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours
The best time to run errands (avoid crowded places) or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler. Keep your windows & blinds shut during the hottest part of the day. If possible use fans if you don’t have air conditioning
Take it Easy
Avoid exercise or strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it’s very hot out
Watch the Heat Index
When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired.
Seek Air-conditioned Environments
If your home is not air-conditioned, you should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat. Ask a friend or family member to take you, or take a taxi. Walking or waiting for a bus would defeat the purpose. If there is no convenient access to any air-conditioned place consider a cool bath or shower
Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness
Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, confusion and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately. Be mindful of dry flushed skin or not sweating, even though it is very hot.
NOTE: This is a copy of the poster and therefore the links shown won’t work. Click on the link below to take you to the concert and Zoom information.
We have our own version of “Captain Tom” the British WWII veteran who raised money for the health service – except she is older and female (she is also a veteran). She may be “nearly blind” and 101, but nothing will keep Joy Saunders from using her daily walk for a good cause. Joy is planning to walk her .8km route 102 times before her 102nd birthday in October for charity.
Saunders thinks she’ll easily reach her goal “long before” her birthday. “I don’t want to waste any time because I might not make the last round, you know. I’m not going to live forever,” Saunders said with a chuckle.
Donations will go to the VON. The VON nurses and staff go into people’s homes “no matter what,” Saunders said, “which is especially nerve-racking in the middle of a pandemic”. Two of the victims of the recent mass shooting were VON nurses.
(from CBC news)
In my excitement on posting our amazing 2020 Globe Walk success, I forgot to mention the very important part played by our sponsors, funders and partners. Globe Walk would not be possible without their generous contributions.
On behalf of all SCOA Globe Walk teams, participants, volunteers and staff:
THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS & PARTNERS:
Globe Walkers have certainly made the most of their time during the Covid lockdown. While some teams lost some members (temporarily), many participants doubled down on their exercise regimens. Globe Walkers produced results that were close to January totals (and higher than March).
The total kilometres earned in April was 222,603! Amazing!
How does it feel to be looking out over the Great Wall of China (WE MADE IT!)
Here is a snapshot of our 2020 journey.
This season, the Saskatoon teams were joined by teams from Regina. They completed their first successful Globe Walk season. We look forward to seeing them back next year, and to helping them grow the way we did.
Thanks to all 2020 Globe Walkers, from both cities, for making a success of this season in spite of a pandemic. And thanks to all of our dedicated Captains who helped motivate us.
We hope everyone continues to exercise over the summer. The Globe Walk season may be over but the positive benefits of exercise will continue (and who knows – the weather might even get warm).
Our coordinators and volunteers from both Saskatoon and Regina, look forward to working with all of our teams again when Globe Walk 2021 begins. A new season with a new goal.
We will continue to post here over the summer – so check back often! Stay safe and well everyone. A high five and a pat on the back for all of you!
CBC has recently posted an article, and a series of exercise videos, that older adults can do indoors while practising social distancing (or any time). The first is a fun cardio/strength routine. If you like it, this instructor has many more on his YouTube channel. Feel free to share with others.
The next video addresses balance and shows some exercises you can do to increase balance and decrease the chance of falls.
If you would like to see more and know more, here is the link to the CBC article.
This is a great article on how much and in how many ways older adults contribute to society. This is from CBC News (Manitoba), but you can rest assured that it is the same in Saskatchewan. The article also address the fear that the pandemic may feed ageist stereotypes.
“From Families to Community Groups, Seniors are Sorely Missed During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Here is the link: