COVID-19 Retreat: Movement

This post regarding the COVID-19 Retreat is all about movement. I'm using the word movement instead of working out or exercise because that's really what it's all about, to get your body moving in a way that you enjoy (keyword enjoy). Here are some that I've been currently enjoying.


1. Walking


Walking is a great way to get outside, get some fresh air, and benefit your body with physical movement and mental healing. Walking outside can be done on the sidewalk, on the street, in the park, at the beach, and pretty much anywhere you please and remember to keep your six feet apart from others during this time.


Physical benefits of walking include but are not limited to improving fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, improves endurance, circulation, and posture reduces the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.


Mental benefits of walking include but are not limited to, promote a mental state conducive to innovative ideas, an increase in joviality, attentiveness, vigor, and self-confidence, improve memory, and relieving anxiety symptoms.


For myself, I find that walking helps me feel good physically and mentally all while allowing for some fresh air and if I'm lucky some sunshine. I've found that walking helps reduce my anxiety, clear my mind, allow for free space to think and process, explore creative ideas, and spend time in nature.


2. Yoga & Yoga Sculpt


Yoga for me has been something that has helped me slow down, focus on my body's movement and balance in a new way, and be able to appreciate the overall practice of yoga.


Physical benefits of yoga include but are not limited to increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved restoration, energy and vitality, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, and protection from injury.


Mental benefits of yoga include but are not limited to mental clarity, calmness, increase body awareness, relieve stress, relax the mind, centers attention, and sharpens concentration.



I love using the DownDog Yoga app! This app allows you to select the type of practice, level, boost, length, savasana time, and more. I love being able to do how much time I want if I want a quicker practice for a morning or evening stretch but a longer practice during the day etc. The instruction and videos are really easy to follow and make me feel like it's a class with just the instructor and I.


I also have been loving Yoga Sculpt. For yoga sculpt classes I have been using CorePowerYoga On Demand classes. Yoga sculpt adds in more toning, strengthening, and cardio to a yoga class.


Benefits of yoga sculpt for physical and mental health include but are not limited to regulating blood sugar, increase bone density, strengthens muscles, boosts heart health, and promotes happiness.


3. Strength Training


For strength training especially now being at home, you have to use what you have access to. What's great about all of the access to workouts online is there are plenty of just bodyweight strength classes and limited equipment needed exercises. For me, I have my body and a range of dumbells.


For strength training, I've really been loving the Peleton app. Just like DownDog with being able to select the type of classes, focus on body parts, and the time it's very easy to schedule and follow.



The Peleton app classes I have used now and in the past are strength, yoga, meditation, running, and cycling. Featured in the photos are some classes I did this week.


Benefits of strength training physically and mentally include but are not limited to, make you stronger, protect your bone health and muscle mass, boost energy levels and improves mood, and improves cardiovascular health.


4. Pilates


Pilates is something I've always been interested in trying but I didn't get around to it, until now. I've decided to use this time to try it. I have started a two-week Strength & Stress Relief Challenge with Robin from The Balanced Life. You can signup for the challenge here.


The challenge sends you an email each day with a message from Robin and a link to the video for today. What I've been enjoying is committing to a challenge and trying something new. Robin is easy to follow and offers a lot of tips and information about the movements and how they're working parts of your body.


Pilates physical and mental benefits include but are not limited to increase strength, increase flexibility, develops core strength, improves posture, increases energy, increases body and mind connection, and improves balance.


5. Running/Jogging


Running just like walking is great for fresh air and can be done in different places which allows you to switch up your routine as well. The difference between running and jogging is intensity.


Running physical benefits include but are not limited to help build strong bones, strengthen muscles improve cardiovascular fitness, and strengthens joints.


Mental benefits for running include but are not limited to improving mood, improving learning abilities, sharpens memory, alleviates anxiety and depression.




These are just some of the movements I have been currently loving during this COVID-19 Retreat. Some Instagram links to Instagrammers who have videos on their account, blogs, youtube, and apps I also enjoy are linked below:


@Kaleandkravings https://www.instagram.com/kaleandkravings/

@madfit.ig https://www.instagram.com/madfit.ig/

@rachelgoodeats https://www.instagram.com/rachaelsgoodeats/

@annavictoria https://www.instagram.com/annavictoria/




Please share what movement you've been enjoying!

Stay safe and healthy.




No Retreat No Surrender

JR









Sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-walking-most-underrated-form-exercise-ncna797271

https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/fitness/a28692/pilates-benefits/

https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/add-strength-training-to-your-workout.aspx

https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/running-and-jogging-health-benefits


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