In December 2019, the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the city of Wuhan, China. In Canada, particularly in Quebec, the state of emergency was declared on March 14, 2020 due to the virus. Gradually, stores, travel and other non-essentials businesses were closed and prohibited by the government. The population of Quebec and several other Canadian provinces therefore found themselves in lockdown in order to avoid the spread of the virus and to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Our role at Living Sisu is to promote a healthy lifestyle and make physical activity accessible. We find this even more important in these times of lockdown at home. While respecting the recommendations of your respective governments, Living Sisu wishes to equip you and inform you on how and why to stay active during this period.

In Canada, physical activity recommendations are 150 minutes per week, of moderate to high intensity. This physical activity causes physical stress to our body, thus secreting endorphin, a hormone associated with happiness. In addition to improving your cardiovascular, muscular and mental health, regular practice reduces your chances of developing chronic diseases or even metabolic syndrome.

In a world where the majority of the population is sedentary and inactive, why not take advantage of this period of confinement to become aware of our health? Most of you may well be under 150 minutes a week. Do not panic. If you want to fix this situation, make a plan, set goals and make a list of physical activities that you can do now:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Yoga
  • Home Workouts
  • Ball sports (if you have access to a garden or even in your parking space – make sure to respect your government’s recommendations!)

No need to workout for hours on end, 150 minutes is about 22 minutes a day! Why not view this as a source of motivation? The objective; Don’t overdo it, keep it short and go at your own pace. All of a sudden, 22 minutes a day seems much more manageable. Here is an example of a schedule:

  • Monday : Fast-walking
  • Tuesday: Vinyasa yoga
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: circuit training
  • Friday: Fast-walking
  • Saturday: circuit training
  • Sunday: rest

What if I don’t have training experience? There is a ton of free and / or paid online training available to you. Still have a few questions in mind before selecting your online “course”? Here are some things to ask yourself:

  • Who is the person offering the class? A kinesiologist, a physiotherapist, a certified trainer or someone who has no real training in physical activity?
  • Are the training sessions offered adapted to my current level of physical activity?
  • Do I have to get training equipment to follow the classes?

There are only positives to move and be active. We just want to make you aware that even a small change in your daily routine can have an positive impact on your health. Make sure you go at your own pace, respect your limits, and most importantly, see the physical activity as a moment of letting go and not as a task or a burden.

Join us for free at Living Sisu so we can help provide all the tools necessary on your journey to live an active and healthy life.