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Staying Active and Socially Distant

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If you are missing the gym or your group fitness classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, workouts can be organized safely outdoors.

LANSING, Mich. - eTradeWire -- According to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outdoor activities like running, hiking, cycling are fine to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic as long as you stay socially distant from others and avoid groups. "Exercise is essential for physical and mental well-being," shares Michigan Fitness Foundation CEO & President, Amy Ghannam. "Being active can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, lower the risk of a large number of chronic diseases and reduce stress."

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, per week. Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should aim for 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily, and Preschool-aged children (ages 3 through 5 years) should be physically active throughout the day to enhance growth and development.

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For more information about the benefits of physical activity and for tips as you head outside for a dose of stress-relieving endorphins, visit Michigan Fitness Foundation: https://michiganfitness.org/news/staying-active-and-socially-distant.

Mary McGuire
Communications Manager

Source: Michigan Fitness Foundation
Filed Under: Fitness

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