Staying Active: Home Edition

By: Ocean Medlock (Managing Layout Editor)
Most of us are finding it difficult to come up with activities to do during quarantine, especially when it comes to staying active. Although there aren’t many places to go, the outdoors are wide open for all and there are many ways get exercise. 
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The first option is to find workout videos on Youtube, there are plenty that don’t require equipment and you can even do them inside. Simply search what you are looking for and you are guaranteed to find a video for you. Whether you want to work on abs, arms, or legs, it is all there for you. You can even make up your own workouts with your preferred exercises at home too, this can fulfill your needs and keep you motivated to work-out since it is what you want to do.

Next is to simply go for a run; Florida weather is beautiful in the spring, so enjoy it! It is great exercise and it can get you out of the house. Running is amazing cardio and is so good for you; it strengthens muscles, is good for your heart, and according to businessinsider.com, “Running can significantly improve physical and mental health. As a form of aerobic exercise, running can reduce stress, improve heart health, and even help alleviate symptoms of depression.” 

Another great choice is to walk your dog or to take a walk by yourself or with family. Of course, stay six feet apart from others but this is great to again get out the house and into the beautiful weather. Staying home and inside is not good for mental or physical health. It can get stuffy inside so it’s good to go outdoors for at least an hour per day. Taking a walk is fun and you can get in some exercise without even realizing it.

Yoga is also amazing for mental health and physical well-being, it can serve as exercise and as a great way to relax. Many people have different opinions on it, but it is always worth a try and it is very good for you.

Biking or skateboarding around the neighborhood are very enjoyable activities and they provide great exercise. Biking as well as skateboarding is good for your legs, and both of these activities will get you outside and are a lot of fun. If you don’t know how to do either, or would like to get better, this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

A freshman at Nease, Alisa Margulis, has still been able to practice her sport during this tough time, she says, “I play tennis and I have been working on my strategy just in my driveway, it doesn’t require much equipment at all and in general students can just keep practicing their strategy in the sports they play too.” It is good to practice the sports you participate in; it can make time pass by and practice always makes perfect. 

We all wish this situation was different, but it is important to stay positive and active no matter what. It benefits your physical and mental health and will keep you moving throughout the day. The days might go slow if you make them go slow; the more active you are and the more you do, the faster time will go by.