Starting and Maintaining Physical Wellness in Isolation
Being active has numerous benefits to both your physical and mental health.
These key areas of your overall wellness are as pertinent as ever while we all endure some very trying circumstances.
Under the ever-present shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can become increasingly difficult to give the attention to physical fitness that it deserves. Whether you usually adhere to a strict daily workout regime, sporadic weekly exercise or intend to make a new start on improving your overall fitness, the current conditions under which we are living present a number of challenges to staying or becoming active.
While the limitations imposed by the pandemic are somewhat different in each nation and indeed within each state, there are some common realities which include various guidelines and laws concerned with social distancing, self-isolation, limited public gatherings and the closure of fitness clubs and gyms.
These factors in combination make it that much harder to maintain dedicated exercise routines. Many people gravitate toward group exercise such as running, cycling, club and team sports but in most places it is currently not possible to gather in groups of more than two. Fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and boot camps have all moved to online based access that you can do from home.
However, there may be a silver lining to the current situation. Time constraints have always been a barrier to staying active and with many of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to make a start on getting back in shape.
As recommended by the Heart Association you should aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.
It is easy to dig out your running shoes or dumbbells or have any range of exercise equipment delivered to your door.
Making a start to self-motivated exercise is clearly not the issue here but maintaining it over the long term can be an issue as recovery and minor injury occurrences present limitations. This is especially true for those who have not been as active as they perhaps should have been, and for those who are trying new forms of exercise, exerting different muscle groups.
It can be difficult to manage exercise recovery and nagging injuries to the muscles and joints when seeing your doctor and other specialists is currently so difficult.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
Resources on the prevention of injury while working out are readily available, including here at WebMD.
Traditional advice includes:
- Warm-up relevant joints and muscle groups before and after exercise to get them loose and gradually increase heart rate
- Cool-down after exercise to bring heart and breathing rate back down and relax muscles
- Stretch before exercise to increase flexibility
- Ease into it – gradually increase intensity, duration and frequency
- Vary your exercises so you don’t over work and one joint/muscle group
It makes sense to employ every available resource to keep on track and keep minor injuries and pains that prevent you from reaching your fitness goals at bay.
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Oska Pulse is wearable, rechargeable and has no ongoing costs. This is perfect for anyone who places a high degree of importance upon self-reliance in their exercise injury recovery and pain management.
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The Oska Pulse is clinically tested, doctor recommended and is drug-free with no side effects.
While physical wellness in isolation presents a number of unique challenges, Oska Pulse presents a unique solution that can become a key part in your own personal approach to maintaining your own personal fitness program as we live through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And with express contact-free delivery, Oska Pulse can begin to play a key role in your overall wellness today!
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