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How to balance your physical wellbeing with social distancing

9 April 2020

Physical wellbeing plays a role in how you are feeling – we are often reminded that even gentle exercise can improve our mental health. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour, which in turn can have a negative impact on emotions. Engaging in fitness activities that you enjoy, and find relaxing, can make it less of a chore and help set you up to build new behaviours and routines. 

If you can, once a day get outside

Remember that social distancing guidelines issued by the Australian Government Department of Health, enables you to go outside to exercise. As long as you avoid gatherings and keep 1.5 metres apart from others, you can enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

Going outside for a walk, run or a solo training session can be revitalising, increase your energy and mental health, and helps to decrease tension, anger and depression.

If you are unable to get outside, you can still obtain these positive effects by spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air or by arranging space to sit and look at a nice view (where possible) and enjoy some natural sunlight.

How the fitness industry has adapted

With public gatherings significantly increasing the risk of COVID-19 - gyms, sporting facilities, yoga studios and even barre centres (a ballet-inspired pilates exercise) around the country have shut their doors and are having to reinvent themselves and adjust to a new reality.

Boutique gyms, personal trainers and yoga instructors are getting creative and transforming their business models and implementing innovative strategies by turning to online classes via live videos on Facebook, Instagram and Zoom. The good news is this new way of training and exercising is generally coming at a reduced cost and may be more accessible for your budget.

Taking part in these online classes is also a way to support your local fitness businesses and is a lower cost way of trying something new. 

Find free resources online

A quick google search will throw up plenty of free YouTube videos, social accounts and apps to help you find a way to exercise indoors and outside. Here are some that we have found to start you off:

Important information

Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.

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