MyODP News Online

Staying Active

A picture of hand weightsCOVID 19 has made it harder for many of us to keep physically active although it is so important at this time both for mental and physical well-being.  Some of us may not have been very active before social/physical distancing started. For others, the change in routine, limited access to previous methods of exercise, or motivation issues due to isolation may have impacted our activity levels. No matter your situation, the World Health Organization recommends adults over 18 years should do a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity throughout the week, including muscle-strengthening activities 2 or more days per week.

Whether you or the person you support are adapting exercising habits or are starting fresh, there are several free resources available that can help you get started. There are also helpful tips on how to add some physical activity into your day to day including some basic ways to get in some physical activity without having to stick to a specific routine. 

If you are struggling to get started, perhaps consider ways to also get social interaction adding a little bit of peer pressure by doing a workout challenge with family, friends or some of the individuals you support. This is a great way to stay connected and stay active!  You can turn almost any activity into a challenge. Some examples of fitness challenge apps are available here and if you can’t find one that works for you, why not create your own?

And to get the ball rolling here is a little fitness challenge from us to you all… after you read this email, take 5 minutes to stand up, move around (doing something that feels active for YOU) and think of something you are looking forward to. 

Please send any suggestions or  questions related to this email or requests for additional resources to RA-basprovidersupprt@pa.gov