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Best Ways to Stay Active during COVID-19
Photo courtesy of Camden
Photo courtesy of Camden
By Guest Blogger
Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020

Whether you just need a little activity to keep you active on a break from working at home or you just need to get outside for some fresh air – there are many ways you can stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fitness Video Games, Online, or on TV

I don’t know about you but I’m a fan of working out in my very own living room. The fitness options available online or from your television are infinite. Wii Fit, Amazon Prime, YouTube, CrossFit, and Planet Fitness are just to name a few. Camden is excited to partner with Livekick to bring all residents FREE online life group fitness classes with two-way streaming. These virtual training classes can be done from the comfort of your own apartment home. Livekick provides group fitness and yoga classes over live real-time video. All classes are 60-75 minutes long and are led by instructors from all over the world. Visit MyCamden.com to learn how to access your FREE group fitness classes with Livekick.

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Take a Walk or Go for a Run

Just start walking! Walking is simple but has many benefits. Take a walk around the block or a lap around your apartment or your office – especially if you’ve been sitting at your desk for a while! Similarly, running never seems to go out of style, and the health benefits appear to be endless. Studies like this one from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology continue to make headlines, proving that even running as little as 5-10 minutes daily is enough to extend life expectancy. Who’s ready to hit the ground running?

Take the Stairs

Do you have stairs in your apartment or office? According to US News & World Report, "Climbing stairs can be an effective exercise for strengthening muscles, improving your balance and boosting your cardiovascular health," Who needs a cardio machine when you have stairs nearby?  

Just Dance

Dancing in your living room has always been a slumber party staple, but maybe it’s time to make it a regular occurrence in your home! Whether dancing solo or with spouses, family, or roommates, you’re sure to have a blast. Time Magazine says that dancing is great for your mind AND your body. Who can resist smiling when you’re moving and grooving?

Cycling

If you have a bicycle, this one is a no-brainer. Take your bike for a spin around the neighborhood or even on a trail. Harvard Health sings it’s praises, and Camden Brushy Creek even has a bike storage room! And if the old saying is true, you’= never forget how to ride a bike.

Yoga, Pilates, Qigong & Tai Chi

Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, and Tai Chi are just a few examples of low-impact exercises you can do anywhere without equipment. You can watch DVDs or online tutorials for guidance, but the most you’ll need is your mat, your breath and yourself. According to WebMD, Tai Chi and Qigong can help with balance and more. All of the above can be meditative, leading to a relaxing experience.

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At-Home Cardio or Strength Training

Have you ever tried using your body weight to build strength without weights? You might be familiar with crunches, squats, push-ups, lunges or planks and there are a few different ways to do them. Exercise anywhere with good old-fashioned jumping jacks and other exercises you learned in middle school PE. Pretend you’re a kid again and borrow your kids’ jump rope, their trampoline or hula hoop. Shape.com has The No-Equipment Cardio Workout for a simple bodyweight circuit exercise, and Livestrong explains 10 Ways to Get Stronger Without Lifting Weights.

As always, consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Now that you have our list, the real question becomes “Which one will you start first?”

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