Getting Active, Safely

Getting Active, Safely

Aside from the benefits to your waistline, regular exercise can help to boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve sleep. Registered Dietitian and SlimFast Plan Consultant, Maryann Walsh shares tips to help you get active safely.

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As restrictions begin to ease around the country, more and more people will want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather that summer has to offer. However, it is still important to maintain social distancing guidelines to continue to protect yourself, your family, and those around you. Make sure to check in and follow current guidelines set by your county health officials.

Going for a walk, run, or bike ride in your neighborhood can be a great way to get active, as long as you can safely maintain distance between yourself and other active neighbors. Preliminary research suggests that if you are running, or breathing heavily from a high intensity workout, it could help to go beyond the distancing rule of 6 feet1. Always consider the number of other people who might be at an outdoor location and if you’d be able to confidently ensure enough space between yourself and others.

If you can’t practice safe social distancing outdoors, stay home and find ways to get active indoors. Activities like playing with the dog, gardening and yardwork are also great ways to stay active and count toward meeting your daily goals for physical activity.

SlimFast offers tons of resources for those looking for ways to still maintain physical activity inside of the home. We can even workout together if you tune into my YouTube series here: https://www.youtube.com/user/slimfast. Remember to always check in with a physician before starting any new exercise routine!

  1. https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-the-expert-advice-on-a-recent-study-on-safe-distances-while-running
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

 

ABOUT MARYANN

A consultant of the SlimFast Plan, Maryann is a Registered Dietitian with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biological Sciences and Dietetics and a Master of Food and Nutrition. She has extensive experience working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life, helping them to achieve their wellness and weight-loss goals.  Learn more about Maryann.