“Babe, I got you babe. I got you babe. I got you babe.” If you’ve ever seen the movie Groundhog Day, you know that Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, groans as he wakes up to hear this Sonny and Cher hit on his hotel alarm clock at exactly 6am morning after morning, signaling that he’s about to relive the same day as yesterday. Fun fact, it’s been estimated that poor Phil woke up to this song and this day 12,403 times, which is way more than I ever imagined!
Although it may feel like our country has been in lockdown and living our own groundhog day about a day more than Phil had to endure, the reality is, most of us have been social distancing around 30 days.
In this disruption from our regularly scheduled programming, we’ve dramatically changed our way of life. Some of us may have even coddled ourselves a bit and given into carte-blanche Netflix and Dorito binges. This is a totally natural response. The habits that we’ve spent years accumulating, for better or worse, have suddenly ground to a halt. And without our habits, we’ve been left wondering, what the heck do we do now?
Well my friends, it’s time to dust off your gym shoes and … well… I guess stay in your daily uniform of sweats and a t-shirt because we’re about to get physical.
Just because you can’t go to the gym or dominate your weekend basketball league doesn’t mean that exercise is out of your control. There are plenty of ways that you can still get your heart pumping, blood flowing, and expand your lungs. A sweet bonus to the physical benefits of exercise is the emotional benefit that comes with the feeling of accomplishment that can be elusive to say the least right now. Remember, the mind and body are connected. Period.
According to Medline Plus, among many other benefits, exercise can help you lose weight, keep blood sugars under control, and improve heart health. Being overweight, having diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are three of the top risk factors for severe COVID disease. Just like hand washing, covering your face and disinfecting surfaces are a vital part of your health right now, so is exercise.