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Being open to trying new things can help you stay active. You can explore new ways to keep your brain engaged. And freshen up your workout routine to keep your body moving. That can help your health in many ways, from boosting your mood to helping you sleep.
Regular physical activity is important for staying healthy for everyone, and it’s especially important now. Any regular, moderate-intensity physical activity provides health benefits like better immune function. It also can help reduce stress and anxiety.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate level physical activity each week. You can break that up into smaller periods each day. If you’re just getting started, or restarted, you can work up to that goal. The important thing is to get started and do what you can now. Check with your doctor before starting a workout program.
If you’re able to go to a fitness facility, follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay safe.
Find ways to make your muscles stronger by:
Maybe you embraced walking at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you’re getting bored.
Try this: Vary your routine. Mix it up with exercise-based walking. For more health benefits try:
While you’re working to get your body stronger, don’t forget to flex your mind. Being open to new things can help you cope with stress and interruptions to your routine better. If you’re missing out on some of the things you usually do, take the time to learn something new.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano or speak another language, go for it. Keeping your mind active doesn’t take a lot of time. Buy a book of crossword puzzles or brain teasers. Host a virtual trivia contest. Set a goal to watch one documentary a week.
Or try “single-tasking.” That’s focusing on one thing at a time. Start by limiting distractions and carving out time for tasks that require deep thinking. It’s a step toward keeping your brain as fit as possible to maintain your overall health and wellbeing.
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