It can be frustrating to maintain your physical activity during a normal month, and increasingly so during a pandemic. We sit alone in our houses wondering what we can do to pass the time to make things just a little more bearable.
We are stuck in limbo waiting to see what’s to come, and this waiting game might be harming our mental health. It’s well known that high levels of social isolation can lead to negative self-esteem and feelings of loneliness.
You might not think that physical activity should be a priority for anyone right now but research suggests otherwise.
Physical activity, whether it is team sports or individual activities, have positive impacts on mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
While we cannot safely resume our regular activities until COVID-19 is no longer an immediate threat, we can find some activities to do in the meantime to help balance out our state of mind.
Going to the gym is not an option as all fitness centres in Saskatoon are temporarily closed. Luckily for us, there are online resources put together by the city’s local businesses to help us stay active while at home.
The local dance and aerial studio, Saskatoon Pole & Dance Studio, has organized free daily fitness challenges developed by their instructional staff. Each challenge can be done at home without additional equipment and is suitable for various fitness levels.
They also offer free virtual classes through a video conferencing app. Participants have the option to pay for the class or put class credits towards the free classes to help support the local studio, but monetary contributions are completely optional.
At the Local Barre Fitness, they are offering free live barre classes through their Instagram page. These classes are designed for people with different levels of fitness and incorporate total body movements to get a complete workout.
While not everyone will be interested in these challenges and classes, they do offer a nice alternative to in-person classes that are currently unavailable. Having these resources offered online allows participants to complete the workout in their own home without risking exposure.
With the closure of the campus Fit Centre, USask Rec and Human Performance Center are sharing an at-home workout series that will continue until they reopen.
Physical activity can play a significant role in an individual’s mental and physical wellness so it is important to remain active during difficult times to help reduce the negative impact. Especially at times like these, everyone should take care of themselves by being mindful of their overall well-being.
The free resources available might not be the perfect fit for everyone, but they can act as a guide to help individuals develop their own exercise routine.
Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t continue to be physically active. And with the stress of a pandemic surrounding us, staying physically active is just that much more important.
Shawna Langer | Graphics Editor
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