It has long been known that physical activity reduces anxiety and the incidence of depression. However, a study late last year found that physical activity can actually decrease the likelihood of being diagnosed or having further episodes of depression for those with higher genetic risk for the disease. That’s right. Individuals with a strong genetic predisposition toward depression were less likely to have episodes if they were engaged in regular physical activity.
During our time of social distancing and the stay-at-home order, depression and anxiety due to isolation are increased concerns. Physical activity can potentially keep you healthier and happier during this time. Here are some stay-at-home friendly options.
Iron Integrity 247, the gym that recently opened (and subsequently shut down due to COVID-19) on Highway 21 has a few videos on their Facebook page featuring Mary Harvey. (If you managed to make it to the DeSoto Farmers’ Market last season, you probably saw Mary teaching a quick Zumba at the Market! class.) You might give one of their videos a try.
The Y is offering some great videos that you might try. They have everything from yoga to kids’ activities. You can check out their YouTube channel here.
Fitness Now Studio in Festus also has some workout videos on their Facebook page that can get you moving. Most of the videos say in the description if equipment is needed.
And because humor is also great for your well-being, you might check out Red Green’s skit about turning your car into your very own person home gym. It’s good for nothing…but a chuckle that consumes about 4 minutes of your day.