Boost Your Mood With a COVID-friendly Partner Walk

Boost Your Mood With a COVID-friendly Partner Walk

Walking is a key component of physical activity for all ages and abilities; and as many of us are spending more time indoors, a daily walk can be the perfect opportunity to get up from your chair and take in some fresh air. Walking by yourself is certainly relaxing, but sharing a stroll with a companion or friend can make it that much better.

study looking at group fitness showed that physical, mental, and emotional quality of life improves when participants exercise together, potentially leading to a significant improvement in mood and well-being.

And even as COVID-19 requires us to take extra precautions when socializing with family, friends, and colleagues, you still have plenty of options when it comes to securing a walking partner. Start with your immediate family or the people you see on a daily basis. If family members aren’t available, look to a colleague who shares a similar schedule as you, just make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. Pets are also great walking buddies; if you don’t have a dog, see if a neighbor or friend will let you borrow theirs.

If the above options are unavailable, look to join a virtual walking group or organize your own online Monday Mile. This is an excellent way to get motivated; plus, it’s a nice way to socialize and connect with new people, while staying socially distanced.