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A Doctor and Triathlete’s Top 6 Tips for Exercising in the Coronavirus Era

Young woman working out with mask on

If you’re among those struggling to fit in workouts, or hardly feel motivated to do them right now, you’re not alone. FitBit reports that exercise is down ~12% in the US since the pandemic hit. As a doctor, this alarms me: physical activity is key to a healthy immune system. I hope that these ideas will help you find ways to keep fit despite current limitations.

1. Change things up from day-to-day

You can keep life interesting, tone different parts of your body, and reduce chances of repeat-movement related injuries by varying your workouts. Mix higher impact choices like running with low-impact options such as Qi Gong, Yoga, and walking. Cycling is a great choice if you want to get some fresh air and a change of scenery.

2. Get serious about your at-home workouts

While pre-recorded YouTube workout videos are a great resource, they don’t hold one accountable or offer personalized feedback. I suggest attending virtual exercise classes a few times a week. If you have the means, you can take it a step further by working out with a personal trainer online. Here are some Eugene-based options to check out:

Virtual Fitness Classes

Personal Trainers

3. Think outside the exercise box

You don’t need to do a traditional workout to move your body in healthy, beneficial ways. Here are some ideas:

4. Have a set workout schedule

Make a weekly schedule and stick (mostly) to it. Setting calendar reminders for your exercise will remind you to take time for yourself, and preplanning the type of exercise you will do on a given day will help keep you on track.

5. Plan your outdoor exercise for the least busy times.

Getting outdoors to exercise is beneficial on many levels. But, if you live in a more densely populated area, or simply prefer to maintain maximum social distance, it’s prudent to think about the timing of your workouts. You might try taking a walk or run at dawn or in the evening. Or set out for a sunset hike on a weeknight.

Safe Parks/Trails for Distancing

I hope these ideas help you find fun and healthy ways to keep moving your body. I wish you the best of health!

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