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 It’s safe to say that no one thought, in this lifetime, we would go through a pandemic. Well weren’t we in for a surprise with COVID-19! A virus that has taken our world, our Country, our Province, our town and our lives and has affected us all in some way or another.

Environmental Stress During Tough Times

Stress was a huge issue as we tried to navigate our day to day lives with our “new normal” as some lost their jobs, some had to adapt to working from home while essential service workers braved the unknown. Additional lines ups at the grocery stores, school closures, restaurant closures, and gyms closures,  and not to mention homeschooling, and being stuck at home all the time and you have a recipe for some increased anxiety and nervousness.

Stress and Emotional Eating

Most people were feeling the stress of COVID-19, causing sales of fresh fruit and vegetables to fall and a surge in the sales of cookies, chips, and other comfort foods (the not-so-good for our waistlines and health) to rise. Have you perhaps gained a few extra pounds due to stress? You need to ease into your exercise routine. So let’s go over a few “do’s and don’ts”. Do remember to be gentle on yourself.

Stress Relieve – Easy Return to Activity 

Have you ever heard the saying “slow and steady wins the race”? Well, the same goes for any exercise plan. Pick some activity that you enjoy doing. You aren’t going to stick to any form of exercise if you don’t enjoy it. If you hate the water, swimming laps is not going to work for you and you likely will come up with excuses why you cannot stick with it. Pick something that works for you.

If you haven’t exercised in a while maybe start walking. No fancy equipment needed and no membership. You need a good pair of supportive footwear, a bottle of water and off you go.

With any form of exercise: remember to:

– Warm-up & cool down

– Start with stretches before you head out

– Start at a slow pace warming up your body for about 5 to 10 minutes,

– Slowly increase your pace so you are walking at a comfortable speed without any pain or discomfort.

– As you near the end of your walk, reduce your speed to start your cool-down process.

– End with a few stretches, a lot of water and a pat on the back for a job well done!