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8 Best Physical Activities for Social Distancing

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Safe ways to exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted just about every aspect of daily life for most people, including the ability to get some exercise. Even if you tried to maintain some semblance of your normal fitness routine at home, chances are, it hasn’t been a perfect trade. While many gyms across the country are just beginning to reopen, the outdoors is filled with opportunities for physical activities (depending on where you live, of course). It feels like the right time to get moving again, but a big question still looms: How can you do that safely?

“The reality is that [Covid-19] is not going to pass anytime soon,” says Chidinma Chima-Melton, board-certified pulmonologist at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.”This is something we’re going to have to learn how to live with and navigate our lives around.” This includes adapting sports and workouts to make sure they can be done safely. “We need to continue exercising while ensuring we remain vigilant to avoid this deadly virus,” says Dr. Chima-Melton.

It may feel like a hassle to change up what you are doing, but when it comes to physical activity, it’s definitely worth it. Not only for the physical health benefits, but also (and maybe even more importantly), for the mental health benefits. “Exercise is important right now especially because of all the anxiety and psychological disturbances people are experiencing associated with being housebound for months,” she says. Anxiety, social isolation, fear…for many people, mental health has been challenged in new ways lately. Exercise can often help manage that.

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