Heart Health in a COVID-19 World

Two huge factors in keeping a healthy heart are reducing stress and staying active. These are also two things which seem to have become much harder to do since social distancing. How can you exercise your body and calm your mind while social distancing? There are many ways you can exercise in your own home!

Maintaining a healthy mind and heart often go hand in hand.  The World Health Organization recommends that everyone engages in “150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both.” On their website, they also list some examples how this can be reached. Some of their examples include:

  • Following an online exercise class
  • Walking – even in small spaces or in place
  • Standing – ideally at least every 30 minutes
  • Relaxing – meditation and deep breaths

They also have some examples of in home exercises you can do on their website. Some in home exercises which they recommend and need no equipment are:

  • Planks
  • Back extensions
  • Squats
  • Bridge
  • Chair dips
  • Chest opener
  • Child’s pose
  • Seated Meditation

Exercising is a great way to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind. Doing some of these exercises for just 22 minutes a day fulfills The World Health Organizations recommended physical activity amount per week. Exercising helps increase blood flow and breathing which improves our bodies and minds keeping our hearts healthy!

-Davis Hoover, Alexander’s Hope Intern


Sources:

Euro WHO