Don’t let Covid-19 get you down. Join the #MoveinMay MOVEment while staying healthy and safe.
Of course this year things are a little different for most as we abide by social distancing guidelines and other restrictions due to Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still #MoveinMay!
Here are some ways to up your #MoveinMay game during the Covid-19 shutdown, whether your state has started to re-open or not.
1. Move Your Way
A new activity campaign from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called Move Your Way is designed to encourage you to find how YOU love to move! Something we at Move More Fitness 100% want to promote!
The site has some great tools, fact sheets, and videos to get you started moving or encourage you to keep moving! One of those tools is an activity planner to help you plan out your activities and be consistent. Check it out and make a plan that’s right for you.
2. Join Virtual Exercise Classes
There are so many virtual classes available for free or nearly free right now. Check out our very own Virtual Classes page during this Covid-19 shutdown to jump into one of our classes for a small donation. Also check out the resource list at the end of this article to find even more ideas and options for exercise to do right at home.
3. Get Outside!
Yes, you need to social distance. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Many reports are showing that Vitamin D is vital to helping fight this virus. And sunshine, fresh air and exercise are always good for your immune system.
So make a plan to safely get outside every day. That might just mean walking out in your backyard, or find some open trails near you that allow you to stay safe while still getting a good walk (keep in mind many bathrooms are still closed at parks!). Even just walking back and forth on the sidewalk in front of your apartment building for 10 minutes is better than nothing!
Seriously, if you have kids (or even pets) get on the floor and play with them! Wrestle, play ball, play hopscotch, draw chalk on the sidewalk, garden together, make an obstacle course, help them climb a tree or practice their favorite sport skills.
They will love it, it will create great memories, and you may be surprised how quickly you can break a sweat.
5. Utilize Free Resources
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion published a question and answer post last month about how to stay active during Covid-19 social distancing. Many of their recommendations still apply even for states that are reopening.
They also provided a great list of resources for staying active at home, posted below.
Stay Active Resources for All Ages:
American College of Sports Medicine provides suggested aerobic and strength-training activities.
Cooper Institute has free videos with tips to help you get active on their YouTube channel.
National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability features inclusive videos that people with disabilities can do at home.
National Academy of Sports Medicine shares 9 bodyweight exercises you can do without equipment.
YMCA features Your Y at Home resources for kids and families, adults, and older adults.
Stay Active Resources for Youth:
ACE Fitness gives instructions for creating a simple obstacle course for kids.
American Heart Association shares 25 Ways to Get Moving at Home for kids.
Fit Kids is providing access to a curriculum that kids and adults can use to get active at home.
SHAPE America has instructions for creating a Multi-Game Fitness Card Deck with games for kids of all ages.
So join us for #MoveinMay and let’s stay healthy and keep MOVING!