Staying Active During a 14-Day Self-isolation

Diane is a 4th year UBC student studying Food, Nutrition, and Health Science.

Self-isolating can be lonesome, boring, and can cause you additional stress. During this difficult time, it is important to take care of yourself and protect your health. Staying physically active during self-quarantine can help you remain calm and strengthen your immune system.

There are many ways to stay active anywhere, even with a small space and little to no equipment. Here are some tips on how to keep moving while in self-isolation:

Take short, active breaks throughout the day. Short bursts of physical activity can keep you energized and ready to tackle your next task on your to-do list. UBC Recreation’s Move U Crew hosts a weekly Instagram movement break (@ubcrec) on Thursdays at 2pm. It only takes about 10 minutes and it is a fun way to break up your day. Other activities you can do include dancing and doing household chores.

Join an online fitness class. There is a lot of free exercise classes online since lockdown measures were put in place. You can find a variety of exercises on YouTube from Zumba/dance to full-body workouts. Additionally, UBC Recreation offers free weekly virtual fitness classes that are accessible for all fitness levels!

Stand up every 30-minutes. Take a break from sitting at your desk every 30 minutes to stand up, walk around your space, and stretch your legs! It helps to set a timer to beep every 30 minutes to remind you to take that break!

Schedule and create a regular routine. Exercising is often put at the end of people’s to-do list. By adding it into your schedule, it becomes a part of your day. This helps ensure that you are getting your daily physical activity.

Work out with friends (virtually). Set up a time to be active online with your friends. This can help you stay motivated, with the added benefit of getting to catch up with a friend!

Challenge yourself. Make use of your time to join challenge workouts. There are many workout challenges online that do not require any equipment. It is a good way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself physically and mentally. The best thing about it is you get to do this for yourself with no one watching. For upcoming challenges, make sure to check out UBC Recreation’s Get Active at Home page.

Fourteen days in self-isolation is a long time, but it does not have to be boring. By staying active, you keep yourself physically and mentally stimulated while strengthening your immune system. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins which can bring about feelings of happiness. So, stay home, stay active, so you can stay happy and healthy!