As always, it’s important to be safe, wear good footwear, start slowly, & most importantly, warm up! Always seek your physician’s advice if you have any underlying health conditions, take medication or have to control blood pressure or blood sugar, or experience dizziness, balance problems, or joint issues & if you feel pain during an activity, STOP.
Try to exercise outside as much as possible. Take a walk, jog, or ride a bike outside. The fresh air & Florida sunshine will provide a further boost to your mental health along with the exercise.
Watch your favorite TV show, listen to a podcast or some of your favorite music while working out at home. Or you can even try activity video games or “exergames” that simulate dancing, skateboarding, soccer, bowling, or tennis. These can be great alternatives if you’re not able to do the real thing.
Immerse yourself in the full experience of walking outdoors by adding a relaxing element. Try grounding techniques while you walk… Notice the smell of the air, hear sounds around you, look at the variety of flowers & trees & feel the sun or the warm wind as you move.
Bringing your attention to these things can give your conscious mind a break from your worries & unleash your creativity. You might find new ideas coming to you when you weren’t even aware you were thinking about them.
If you find you need to up the intensity of your walks, look for steep hills, do some step ups on a curb at each corner, skip, or even jump up & down at intervals (obviously only if it’s appropriate for your fitness level & joints).
Don’t take it too seriously… Join in with the kids.
Play catch or tag, go for a bike ride, shoot baskets, or pass the soccer ball with your kids. Taking the focus away from schoolwork or chores & playing together can even help build upon your relationship as well as staying active!
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