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How Exercises can Lift Your Spirits During COVID-19

Doing some form of exercise is a free and straightforward way to raise both your mental and physical health, and now is the ideal time to try a new activity. If you are working or learning from home, or not currently working, you are won’t be receiving the incidental exercise you usually do by commuting to and from a workplace or university. And if you’re the kind of person who likes to have busy in a group, your standard pursuits such as gym classes and team sports are not an option. Tropika Club team explores how exercises can help increase your mood and spirits at home during this COVID-19 stay-home period in Singapore.

Why it is good to exercise at home?

If you add the above to higher-than-usual anxiety levels, you’ll begin to see why a stretch on your lounge room may help right now! Physical activity helps your own body and brain in many ways, but here are a few of the major ones:

  • Exercise releases chemicals in your mind, such as serotonin and endorphins, which are fantastic for your disposition
  • It can also result in better sleep and also give you more energy
  • Physical motions can help alleviate tightness in your shoulders and neck, which often come with tension and stress
  • It also makes you feel like you attained something
  • Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of severe health issues, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  • It also helps with weight control (and you tend to feel like eating a healthier diet when you’re exercising regularly, also )
  • and finally, but definitely not least given the present situation, routine physical activity is perfect for your immune system.
  • If you’re new to exercise or feeling somewhat lost as your usual way of staying healthy is not possible right now, here are some ideas to get you moving:
How Exercises can Lift Your Spirits During COVID-19

Take your workout online

Take your workout online: On YouTube, you will find endless free workout videos to attempt, no matter your fitness level or the dimensions of your living room. From yoga and strength workouts to Pilates, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and more. Private trainers, dance instructors and other qualified fitness professionals are receiving savvy and moving their courses online. So, you can combine a course almost, and receive the social connection benefits of exercise also.

Proceed: In case a structured routine isn’t your style, get creative and build your workout — rather than weights use household things like stuffed water bottles and cans or jars of food (if you’re able to get some!), run or walk on the place for 30 second periods, do some celebrity jumps, planks, sit-ups, push-ups, or perhaps burpees—anything to get your heart rate up a bit.

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How Exercises can Lift Your Spirits During COVID-19

Go solo outdoors

Move solo out in case you can: biking, walking and running are great solo activities and safe if you’re feeling well and have not been asked to self-isolate. Don’t forget to pack some hand sanitiser containing at least 60 per cent alcohol and remain at least 1.5 metres away from to other people. A word of advice before you start: If you’re new to exercise, begin small — try perhaps 10 minutes of yoga or walking per day, then gradually build up. Even 10 minutes of motion every day can help your body and mind feel better. Invite your loved ones, who you are no doubt spending a lot of time with right now, to take a little time to move their own bodies too.

And please, even if you’re not feeling well, follow the advice of your health professional — including a rest. It’s vital that people prioritise the health and security of ourselves, family, friends and the community.

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There are quite a fair bit of resources online that streams fitness videos during this period. Check them out.

Terence is Tropika Club Magazine's deputy editor who loves learning about animals and their behavior. He is also an anthropologist, so he is very interested in how different cultures interact with animals. He has worked in the publishing industry for over 10 years, and have been lucky enough to work with some amazing authors and editors.

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