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.
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.
might not think that physical activity should be a priority for anyone right
now but research suggests otherwise.
activity, whether it is team sports or individual activities, have positive
impacts on mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.