With the ever-evolving COVID-19 climate, we are regularly being asked by our patients, friends and family if it’s safe to continue their daily exercise routines. Now, more than ever, we have a very good reason to exercise. We know exercise contributes to good health – and that includes both our physical and mental health and well-being. Even more so in the current situation, we all need a good boost.
Keep it up
We are lucky in Australia – we have many wide-open spaces where it may be possible to continue our outdoor exercise routines, our runs, walks, cycling, Tai Chi in the park etc, whilst still complying with the recommended physical distancing rules.
Whilst those might be some of the more obvious choices, don’t forget there are many home-based exercise options you can implement too. You won’t have to search very hard on Instagram or Facebook to find a myriad of inventive, fun and often really challenging exercise routines you can put into place in your lounge-room, garage or back yard.
Our advice to you
Rather than prescribing specific exercises or directing you to one of the thousands of sites out there, when deciding what exercise routine you might want to try to undertake, we want to suggest that you:
- Think about what you are trying to achieve
- Be mindful of any pain, injury, or condition you are experiencing
- Don’t spend a lot of money on expensive equipment – be creative instead
- Set realistic goals
- Track your progress
- Get your family involved
- Talk to your physio or exercise physiologist if you have any concerns or questions – we are still open and are also offering online consultations, commonly known as telehealth, where we can easily discuss, assess and plan your exercise program.