BOONE, N.C. — Staying physically active is an important component to being healthy. While following CDC recommendations to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus, there are still options available to be active.
Being active has many physical and mental health benefits. You can be active if you are not sick or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, fever and/or shortness of breath.
Outdoor things you can do to stay active
Not only does being active have health-related benefits, just being outside can improve mood. Here are suggested activities:
- Go for a walk in your neighborhood or on a greenway, but avoid any crowded areas or spaces.
- Hike a local trail.
- Go out for a bike ride.
- Play active games with your family.
- Start to work on your spring garden and other yard maintenance.
Researchers in Appalachian State University’s HOPE Lab partnered with Park Rx America to develop a database of parks and recreational areas within Watauga and surrounding counties. Search this site for some great places to be active.
Using the site, you can find a park with amenities that suit your interest and preferred location, as well as access a PDF containing the park's general information, amenities and available trails.
While national, state and local parks are working to ensure the safety of its visitors, trails and restrooms remain open at this time. Check the park website for any updates regarding its status.
Indoor things you can do to stay active
Here are some suggestions for how to stay active — even when you must stay inside:
- Dance to your favorite song.
- Check out some exercise videos. There are some great videos online that can guide you through a group fitness exercise such as yoga.
- Dust off any home exercise equipment and use it.
- Find ways to do some simple muscle strengthening activities like pushups, squats or lunges.
- Use your technology, including smartphones and/or fitness trackers, to track your daily steps. Set goals for each day. Use the step counts as little challenges, among either friends or family members.
- Break up long periods of being sedentary by moving 10–15 minutes each hour, even if it is just a walk around the house, up and down the stairs, or to the end of the driveway.
The physical activity guidelines for Americans recommend being active for 150–300 minutes (2 1/2–5 hours) per week. Total minutes can be broken into smaller chunks — five, 10 or 15 minutes at a time. For other resources regarding staying active during this time, see the American College of Sports Medicine’s Staying Physically Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic webpage.
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Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at https://healthsciences.appstate.edu.
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