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You Can Take Care of Yourself in Isolation, Starting Now


“Trying to preserve some sense of normalcy is really important for people’s well-being,” said Dr. Russell G. Buhr, a pulmonologist at U.C.L.A. Health. Maintaining a routine, he said, like getting up and getting dressed and doing what you usually do, can positively affect Mental Health. “And good mental health promotes good physical health,” he added.But there’s more to do. Dani Johnson, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, encourages people who are staying home to get creative. “Every little bit of movement counts,” she said. “So when we’re confined to our home, move, move, move.” You don’t need fancy equipment or a lot of time; you just need to weave exercise into your schedule. The American Heart Association recommends adults engage in at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity. A combination of both would work too, preferably spread throughout the week.
Let’s start with six things you can do every day to maintain your physical and mental health if you’re isolating at home.Right now, start bringing movement into tiny momentsNext time you watch a TV show, get up and do some squats during the commercials, Ms. Johnson said. Do heel raises when you’re washing dishes. Do side lunges when you’re throwing clothes in the dryer. Knock out some push-ups when you’re waiting for a pot of water to boil. Dancing is also a…

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