Businesses and universities across the globe are opting to have employees work from home and students partake in "remote learning" in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
However, being inside for long periods of time or feeling isolated can be stressful – and boring. Experts at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend staving off the anxiety associated with social distancing by keeping up a healthy routine, including healthy eating and regular exercise.
If you're stuck at home, for whatever reason, here are some ways to remain physically active from the comfort of your living room.
Online yoga: Yoga can be not only good for your physical health, but can improve general wellness by relieving stress and improving emotional health, sleep and balance, the National Institute of Health notes. It can also relieve low-back and neck pain and help manage anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Just put on something comfortable and pull up YouTube. Some popular channels include Yoga With Adrienne, Yoga By Candace and Body Positive Yoga.
Schedule reminders: When you're working from home or just lounging on the couch, it's easy for time to slip away from you quickly. To avoid spending hours in front of a screen without moving, try setting some reminders on your phone, computer or smart speaker to get up and move, grab a drink of water or do some stretching.
Go for a walk: Try taking a break in the day to go for a walk. Experts at the Mayo Clinic note that walking everyday can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your mood. "As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Try tidying up: Cleaning your house can be a win-win. Lifting laundry, going up and down stairs, being on your feet can all add up to a good amount of physical activity. Then, having a clean space can help with your mental health as well.
Simple exercises: You don't need expensive exercise equipment or access to a gym to do simple exercises like planks, wall sits or squats. There are a variety of routines you can find online and on YouTube.
Dance it out: Put on some tunes and have a living room dance party. It's also a good way to keep kids active, if they are home from school and stuck inside.
Create a circuit workout: The American Heart Association has recommendations on its website for a simple circuit workout that can be done at home, including jumping jacks, high knees, push ups and lunges. It can be modified for individual use.