Covid-19: we can get through this!

How to exercise during isolation.

Our normal lives and routines have been massively affected by this Coronavirus; this will be a very stressful time, particularly for those of you who have a neurological disorder, and this may be leaving you feeling quite anxious and isolated.

When you have a long term physical disability you are often dependent upon care support from other people, and currently this is likely to have been disrupted and leaving you feeling more vulnerable.

How can we help…?

Our main concern is that you are able to find ways to promote your mental health and physical well-being.

We are all advised to stay safe, stay at home and stay active but exercise can be difficult at the best of times if you have a long-term neurological condition; so in these extraordinary times it may be even more challenging.

Physical Well Being:

Taking time out to do some exercise gives you a bit of positive’ me time’, whether you are doing it on your own or with assistance.

It’s important that you remain as active as possible, within your parameters. This is an opportunity to make exercise part of your daily routine and then you are more likely to stick with it.

Being active helps to improve your mood, reduce depression and boost the immune system. When you are feeling low in mood, fatigued or just simply tired it is hard to get motivated, so how about finding an ‘exercise buddy’ who can support and encourage you. Once you start exercising you will slowly feel the positive effects that exercise can bring, plus it can help to address physical problems that you have.

Make sure that you choose exercises that you enjoy, because you are more likely to keep them going, and that will boost your motivation. Add variety so you don’t get bored!
You do not have to have a long routine: short bursts of exercise can still make a difference to your fitness. Build your exercise into your daily life: For example you could be sitting watching the TV and just do some leg marching/punching your arms forward and back( punch that virus away!) Or look at “the Cuppa Routine” link below.

Mental Well Being:

It is understandable that you may be worried by the impact that Coronavirus is having on our lives and our loved ones. Being asked to stay at home, isolate yourself from your family and friends is a big ask, but something that we all must do.

Staying positive and active will help us. Regular and moderate exercise is known to be an important part of maintaining good health and well being. Exercise will not only help many physical symptoms but will also improve generic quality of life.

We need to find ways of connecting to other people; plan how you are going to spend your time so you keep a routine; be creative and keep your mind stimulated.

What do I choose?

Choosing the right exercise for you is important. Remember you are the expert on your own condition and as such should select an appropriate activity to suit your level of ability, and your technical skills! The most important thing is that you exercise safely.

There is a wide variety of online information about exercise, including live streaming and online videos. Don’t be limited by your own condition; there are many good websites for other neurological conditions that you could also consider.

We have selected a few links which you can try:

Staying active at home when you have Parkinson’s

The Cuppa Routine

Balance Exercises

Simple exercises for MS

Seated exercises

We are still here to help all of our neurological patients, so please contact us if you have any concerns. We are unable to provide face to face contact sessions but we can still advise you and help you through these difficult and extraordinary times.

Take care and stay safe.

Liz Norton MCSP
Cath Heynes MCSP