The pandemic has disrupted our lives and created hindrance in maintaining physical health. Physical therapists are advising their patients to be creative while staying at home. They are using the internet to provide physical therapy and also providing tips to help patients remain physically active.
Many platforms are striving to provide physical therapy services to people that are isolated at home. Physical therapists are using different video tutorials to explain how patients can carry out their physical therapy sessions and do home exercises.
Here are some recommendations. Please note that these are general recommendations and may vary depending on your specific situation. As part of our commitment to your health and safety, we strongly recommend approval from your physician before you begin any exercise program.
- Duration: 20-30 minutes
- Frequency: 3-5 days a week
- If you are not used to exercising, you may begin with short periods of exercises, followed by resting periods, and spread it throughout the day. Call us and we will help you plan this.
- Intensity: If working at a moderate level of intensity, and still able to carry on a conversation, you are working in a safe range.
- Type of exercise: aerobic, repetitive in nature exercise
- Examples: walking, gardening, dancing, or yoga.
Include a 10-minute warm-up, then the activity, and a 10-minute cool-down. A cool-down or recovery period is important to minimize muscles soreness.
Any equipment at home can be used to start your fitness program. You can use a chair to do arm exercise or a bottle of water. A box for steps-ups and even a wall to do your sit and other wall exercises.
How Physical Therapists can help?
Physical therapy practices offer custom therapies, training, and fitness programs to maintain health and fitness levels during this pandemic.
Covid-19 impacts physical workouts and affects mood, resulting in conditions that include affective disorder and fatigue. Physical therapists have techniques and methods to elevate mood, maintain fitness levels, and prevent weight gain.
A physical therapist has the experience and expertise to design a fitness program that maintains current fitness levels and preserve competitive training schedules. Our physical therapy techniques address physical and emotional needs during this time when activity and drive are at low point.
We design multiple exercise programs including clinical Pilates, aerobics, and yoga that build pelvic and core strength, stability, and balance. We identify areas of weakness that need extra attention and provide home exercises to help you stay fit.
The Importance of Home Exercise during Covid-19
Staying at home for a long period of time can pose a challenge to regular exercise and remain physically active. With the comfort that homes brings, people are more likely to adopt a sedentary behavior. In addition, thinking about the pandemic and how it has changed our lives can add a toll on our mental health.
That’s why home exercise programs are very important. It is a way to destress during this time and helps you to return to your previous fitness level and physical functioning. It will let you achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Call us today and we will help you keep up with your health goals.