The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts recommend that we keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. And many cities and states have some kind of “stay home” order in effect.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get the 150 to 300 minutes a week of exercise recommended for most people. While you should avoid going to the gym or other places where people gather, you still can get the exercise you need.
And there’s good reason to make a point of staying active. For one thing, exercise helps your immune system stay healthy. And that’s very important right now. It’s also a great way to cope with the stress and anxiety you may be feeling.
Exercise is so important, in fact, that even cities and states that have asked residents to stay home still allow people to go outside for exercise as long as you practice social distancing (keeping 6 feet away from other people). So there’s nothing stopping you from tried-and-true activities like taking a walk, a run or a bike ride nearby.
Or you can get creative with close-to-home activities like these:
For more ideas on coping with social distancing, visit our Coronavirus topic center.