4 tips to get moving if you are stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Karen Basen-Engquist. Ph.D., has managed to stay physically active during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a recent study,  she may be in the minority — and she understands why. In the unpublished study posted on Cambridge Open Exchange, researchers found that people who got the recommended amount of physical activity before the pandemic exercised about 32% less once the pandemic – and stay-at-home orders – took hold. People who were not getting the recommended amount of exercise before the coronavirus pandemic stayed at about the same level of activity. “I’m not surprised by these study results,” says Basen-Engquist, director of MD Anderson’s Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship. “I think that when people are in stressful situations and there are barriers to healthy choices, healthy habits take a backseat.” Exercise may not feel like a priority right now, but it is important to stay active. Exercise relieves stress, helps reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and boosts your immune system. It can also lower your risk for cancer and other diseases. And for cancer survivors, regular exercise can reduce fatigue and improve outcomes. If you are struggling to stay active during the coronavirus pandemic, try this advice from Basen-Engquist. Find tools that can help you stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic You don’t need special equipment, access to a gym or a lot of space to get your heart rate up, build strength and improve your mobility. “Videos and apps can provide you with structured routines that are easy to follow,” says Basen-Engquist. Workouts that include body weight exercises like pushups and sit-ups...