• Elinor Shelp-Peck

Get Up and Move (You Might Like It)

Updated: Jul 24


In this time of isolation, it is easy to simply sit down and vegetate to an addictive Netflix show while eating some sort of scrumptious snack. However, being active plays a vital role in maintaining a positive outlook and good mental health. Getting outside can seem tedious or scary, but there are many ways in which one can stay active both inside or outside while maintaining six feet of space from others. Here are a few ways to stay active and aware of one’s own body.

1. Don’t be ashamed to look up workout tutorials on social media. There are quite a few good ones to choose from. Here are a select few accounts that are informational and easy to use without equipment:

@alenefit on Instagram Nike Training Club app (premium content is free for everyone right now — this includes workout routines) — available for Apple and Android @nonabayat on TikTok

2. Yoga is a great way to stay in touch with one’s own body. Whether it’s by watching YouTube videos and following along or creating a unique flow yourself, it is important to stay self aware and yoga can help you do that. The following social media accounts are great way to either begin practicing yoga or find a new flow: Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube @maryochsner on Instagram @howtopracticeyoga on Instagram

3. Going for a run does not violate social distancing rules. It is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the sun with a pet or just by yourself. Beginner runners should mix walking and running to build up endurance, but the goal is to get outside and get some important vitamin D. Here are some apps and social media accounts that may provide motivation or help. @rlforrestgump on TikTok (he is documenting his journey running across the country) Runkeeper app by Asics — available for Apple and Android @nikerunning on Instagram

Overall, keeping active is an important part of maintaining your mental health. If none of the above suggestions are appealing, then dancing it out is always an option. Throwing on a favorite playlist and dancing around the living room will be sure to create a smile. Stay strong and stay active, Angels!

By Ell Shelp-Peck, Staff Writer

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