The “quarantine 15” is a funny joke, but it doesn’t have to be a reality.
You might have noticed an unusually high number of people walking, biking, and running around your neighborhood lately, but according to a report by Evidation Health, physical activity is actually on the decline in the United States.
Through Achievement, the virtual research platform that “enables the passive collection and deep analysis of continuous behavior data alongside traditional healthcare information,” Evidation collected data from more than 185,000 participants who consented to share their attitudes about and experiences during the pandemic.1,2 Using a seven-day rolling step count as a measure, Evidation found that all 50 states and Washington D.C. showed a 30% or greater decline in physical activity between March 1 and April 1. As of April 6, the decline was hovering around 48% nationwide.
Stay-at-home orders limit options for exercise, as gyms and fitness studios are closed, access to many outdoor recreation areas has been restricted, and options for walkable destinations like businesses and other social locales have been greatly reduced. But it’s absolutely crucial to keep activity levels as normal as possible—or even start a fitness routine for the first time—in order to boost immunity and strengthen your body against viral infections.
The World Health Organization provides guidelines for physical activity, stressing its importance and suggesting creative ways to increase blood circulation and muscle tone that might not feel like traditional exercise. While physical fitness level can’t determine a person’s response to the Covid-19 coronavirus, it can lower blood pressure, aid in weight management, increase bone and muscle strength, encourage greater balance and flexibility, and reduce the risk of various serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.3 Studies have produced evidence that exercise offers protective benefits against viruses like influenza, rhinovirus, Epstein-Barr, and varicella-zoster.4
Parks and trails may be closed, but it’s still a good idea to get outside when you can. The WHO not only recommends it but also suggests you invite a friend or two—just make sure you follow physical distancing practices and don’t exceed any restrictions your local government might have placed on gathering size. Fresh air and outdoor activity boost circulation and provide essential sunlight exposure, which supports healthy levels of vitamin D and can improve your mood.
It’s tempting to park yourself on the couch and binge-watch those shows your friends have been talking about for months, and getting enough rest is important. But whether you realize it or not, social isolation and confinement cause stress that can seriously impact the immune system, increasing cortisol levels and reducing the efficacy of the T-cells that fight infection. And the longer a period of inactivity lasts, the more likely it will contribute to anxiety and depression and lead to the development of a chronic health condition.
“Some activity is better than none, and more is better than less.”4 If you’re struggling to find the motivation to keep up your fitness routine, especially if you usually exercise with a partner or a group, then remember that you can still reap the benefits of physical activity even if it’s a lower volume than normal. Set an easy-to-reach goal for yourself, and then build on it!
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.