The recent ice and snow has many of us dreaming of Spring and all that it brings, including longer and warmer days, inviting us outside. In the meantime, some have found it challenging to find a way to stay active during the winter months, particularly those that relied on gyms or in-person exercise classes that have been cancelled or on hold during the pandemic. Have you found a way to stay active? If not, here are a few suggestions that might help with motivation or improvisation!
Have a dance party! Turn on some good music and get moving. Maybe other household members want to join, or maybe you want to take this time to reconnect with yourself. Do you have stairs in your home? Climbing stairs can be a great cardio activity as can marching/jogging in place or jumping rope. Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi can be done in the comfort of your own home with minimal equipment. In addition to regular physical activity, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends 2-3 sessions per week of strength or resistance training as part of a healthy physical routine for cancer survivors. This could include lunges or squats or working with small weights. Don’t have weights at home? Using canned goods or other dry pantry items can be a resourceful way to strength train without formal equipment. As always, activities should be tailored to your ability and comfort level. If you are unsure of your limitations and abilities, start a conversation with your doctor!
Masey M. Ross, M.D., M.S.
Director, Integrative Health Program