How To Stay Mentally and Physically Active During the PandemicPosted on May 13, 2020
Stay-at-home orders, park closures and reduced transit service all make it more difficult to get out and about – many of us are working from home and our normal routines are not the same. We’ve heard from many Bellevue commuters that working from home sometimes leads to long sitting sessions with little movement. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite tips for staying active in Bellevue during the pandemic:
Staying Physically Active
1. Teleworking out
- Don’t let gym closures keep you from getting your exercise. You can still walk or run outside. Getting out in the morning or for lunch can set an energetic tone for the rest of day Or, set up a designated workout space in your home and invest in free weights to get in the habit of working out every day. Need a little more motivation? Call up a friend and do a virtual exercise together!
- Washington state parks are slowly reopening for day-use as of May 5. If you want a change of scenery from your urban walks, take a look at this list of Washington state parks that might be in your area. You can also still go to local parks like Bellevue Downtown Park, which are open to the public for walking and activities that do not require close proximity. As a reminder, use this National Recreation and Park Association webpage on physical distancing in public parks and trails.
- With reduced traffic and reduced transit schedules, biking is not only a great way to get from point A to point B, it’s a great way to get out. Bike trails in Bellevue remain open, as long as social distancing is in place. You can also Start a virtual bike club with your friends and log all of your non-drive-alone travel on our site to be eligible for Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards!
- You can also check out the new 2020 Bellevue Bike Map, which features updated citywide and detail maps, safety tips, helmet fitting tips, tools and resources. Want a physical copy? Call the City of Bellevue Transportation Department at 425-452-6856 or email at TRReception@bellevuewa.gov to request one.
Staying Mentally Active
4. Virtual Hangouts
- Not only is staying physically active important, but so is staying mentally active. Get together over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or Skype and play games, have a happy hour or just catch up. All are great for companionship!
- If you’re able to find a nice, quiet space in your home, set up time for yourself to mediate and relax. Giving the mind time to calm down and destress is especially helpful during this time.
- Being stuck inside during the day has its perks, one of which is more time to pick up that book you’ve always wanted to read!
These are just a few ways to stay active during the pandemic – until next time, stay safe and keep up the great work!
-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex