When circumstances mandate that you must stay at home for a prolonged period of time, be it health or weather related, it’s good to have a plan. Normally, our thoughts turn first to stocking pantries and gathering emergency supplies, but those who deal with joint pain on a regular basis have other considerations. Exercise, for one.
What happens when your routine is disrupted, when you can’t get to the gym, physical therapy or your yoga class? How do you cope in a house full of distractions? Exercise can help improve quality of life and relieve pain in the knees, shoulders, and other joints, and in times where one must observe social isolation there are ways to adjust.
Make Some Room
If your normal exercise routine revolves around a trip to the gym or fitness center, you can make do with objects around the house when such facilities are out of reach. Find a space at home where you can stretch and move freely – you may also want to use a video tutorial suited to your fitness level. If you don’t have hand weights for repetitive lifts and curls, try using vegetable cans or filled detergent jugs.
Take the Path Less Traveled
Weather, renovation, and other situations may limit access to your favorite trails and walking/running spots. When you are able to get out into the fresh air, start first in an area close to home. If you have a large backyard, take advantage of the space. If you venture further out, maintain a good distance – six feet or more – from people you meet along the way. Don’t forget to wash your hands upon returning home to prevent the spread of germs.
Maintain a Good Attitude
Being stuck at home can take a toll on one’s nerves. The added aggravation of joint pain may not help, but it’s important to reserve some time for yourself. Plan for when you can resume your regular schedule. Engage in breathing exercises, meditation, or a relaxing activity to relieve stress.