Exercise Improves your Health!
At APD, we’ve always cared about your health. But how should you stay healthy when everything is suddenly so different?
Welcome to Community Care News, a free resource from APD designed to help you know how to stay healthy as a very different future unfolds for all of us. Here we will share tips about food, exercise, sleep, and other issues important to improve your health in simple but important ways every day.
Community Care News Edition #2: Exercise Improves your Health
Getting some exercise is an important way to keep healthy. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to become and stay active.
Staying home doesn’t have to mean staying indoors. You can still go outside for fresh air and exercise. Moderate exercise will help boost your immune system and increase your body’s ability to respond to infections.
Physical activity is also a great way to improve your mood. Some people feel isolated and stressed because of social distancing or quarantine, and exercise can help with that.
Remember to keep social distancing, even outside.
Enjoy nature while avoiding groups of more than 10 people and staying six feet apart from anyone outside your family unit.
Below you’ll find links to several sites that offer online exercise classes, both local and from afar. You’ll find Pilates, yoga, dance fitness, stretching, and more. Keep in mind that offers sometimes change more quickly than we can update the links, but you can do a simple web search for “online fitness classes” and find many more.
- CCBA: Free online fitness classes
- UVAC: Free online fitness classes
- Planet Fitness: Free workouts on Facebook Live
- Barry’s Bootcamp: Free Workouts on Instagram Live
- P.volve: Streaming workouts with a 14-day free trial
- YogaWorks: Both free and paid classes
- Retro Fitness: Free workouts on Facebook Live
- Blink Fitness: Download an app with a 30-day free trial
- 305 Fitness: Free workouts on YouTube
Know your limits…
This is not the time to climb Mount Washington or tackle other physically intense items on your bucket list. Keep in mind the health and safety of everyone involved, including people who would need to assist in an emergency.
Work out with your kids (play!)
For kids, staying home can be even harder than it is for adults. With both Vermont and New Hampshire schools out for the rest of the year, it’s even more important to head outside with your children and shoot some hoops, kick a soccer ball, go for a bike ride, play hide-and-go-seek, and more.
For safety reasons, playgrounds are closed, but there are still parks and trails open around the Upper Valley. Check out the Upper Valley Trails Alliance for more information on open trails and how to use them safely.
Check out these free digital education resources available to teachers, parents, and students.
- The American Heart Association: Ways to Get Moving
- Download the NFL PLAY 60 App!
- The Cooper Institute - Get Active. Stay Healthy. A playlist of videos
- Fuel Up to Play 60
And older adults looking for something more low impact can try this video of seated workouts from DHMC.
Want more? Try these websites:
- Connecting with Nature While Social Distancing. NHPR April 7, 2020
- The NRPA’s recommendations about parks and trails. March 16, 2020
You can find some specific advice and information from experts at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Staying Active at Home page.