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Exercise & COVID-19

We’re anxious, right? How do we find space in our minds and our days for exercise & COVID-19 plans?

It can be hard to find the space and time to exercise when it feels easier to be glued to our news feeds and watch the world unravel.

But now, more than ever, keeping ourselves fit and healthy is super important. 

The WHO states “staying at home for prolonged periods of time can pose a significant challenge for remaining physically active. Sedentary behaviour and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals. Self-quarantine can also cause additional stress and challenge the mental health of citizens Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during this time”.

We know that our immune system is given a boost each time we exercise.

Maintaining the structure of regular exercise and keeping your discipline intact when many other routines are being disturbed can be difficult.

So how are you going to exercise?

Here at PridePlus Health we understand that in addition to boosting our immunity, exercise can have a calming effect, keeping our minds clear and focused, and our anxiety contained.

We have reduced our class sizes (1-3) with our exercise physiologist which will enable you to maintain a social network during isolating times while at the same time working on your immune system.

Your safety is important to us and we will ensure your exercise environment is clean and hygienic. 

Call us and chat about how we can help you during this time.

We’ve also launched telehealth sessions where you can get a free initial session with any of our EP’s, Physiotherapists or Podiatrists.

Exercise Experts Weigh In

Our exercise physiologist understands the balance between too much or too little exercise. He understands how to adjust the right amount of exercise for each individual. Too much or too little can reduce your immune system.

We’ll ensure your exercise environment is clean and hygienic – so you are safe.

Top Tips for exercise and COVID-19

From Mike Fitzsimon – Exercise Physiologist

Avoid exercise if you are feeling unwell and have respiratory illness symptoms such as a sore throat, fever (37.5 or above), a dry cough, or experiencing lethargy at higher than normal levels.

Maintain a healthy immune system by eating healthy, sleeping well, minimising stress / anxiety.

Exercise in a clean environment – participate in one to one EP consults or small exercise classes (max. of 3 per class). Avoid large facilities with lots of equipment and lots of people. 

Keep your distance and don’t touch other people where possible.

Exercising outdoors where there is a greater distance from others, fresh air, and sunshine!!

You can also join me for a one on one session via telehealth where I can use my EP skills to guide you through your personal exercise plan.

This fantastic infographic from researcher Katie Hesketh (@kathskth on Twitter) has some more great advice for at home exercise plans as well.

exercise at home with covid-19 threat infographic

From all of us at PridePlus Health. Stay safe, look after each other and please don’t touch your face.

If you’re in need of some guidance why not book a free telehealth session with our exercise experts?

You might even find you qualify for some medicare funded exercise at home as well.