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Tips for Treating Overall Health During Social Distancing
Listed below are some links to help you stay active while the community and surrounding fitness centers are closed. Who knows, maybe this is the beginning of a new habit for you to maintain or reach your fitness goals!
From the American College of Sports Medicine:
If balance or lower body pain inhibits exercising while standing, check out the Sit and Be Fit Website for several links that provide exercises while sitting.
Below is the HasFit Website. They offer a variety of workouts for FREE for all fitness levels. Use the drop-down menus on the left of the screen to find the right workout for your needs.
Keep in mind, your mind matters! Community Chi-Gong instructor, Tina Taylor, provides this outline to help utilize your walking as a form of meditation while improving balance.
Tip for Maintaining the Immune System
When your system (hypothalamus) shifts into fight or flight (fear) mode, the stress hormones cause the blood to preferentially move from the viscera (internal organs) to the feet and hands so you can run and fight. The viscera is responsible for growth, health, and maintenance. When the blood vacates the internal organs, they are left open and susceptible to pathogens as the immune system shuts down. Our body responds the same to real issues as it does to perceived fears like potentially contracting an illness. So if you are not managing your mind and are looping thoughts of fear, you are injecting the stress hormone cortisol into your body and leaving yourself quite vulnerable to disease. When you keep calm, the blood remains in the viscera, and the immune system stays up and running. Managing the mind and stress is one of the most important practices you can do to maintain good health. Keeping calm is just one part of the equation, keeping the body and lymphatic system moving in sync with deep breathing patterns are the other essential components.
-Tina Taylor, Chi Gong Instructor and Resident