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.
A 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.