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Quarantine 15 got you down? How to safely resume your exercise routine

It’s been a rough few months. People across Wisconsin – and the entire country – have been staying indoors and away from normal routines. The stress and disruption to everyday activities can impact mental health and physical well-being.

The term ‘quarantine 15’ has been attributed to weight gain related to spending more time at home, eating more and being less active than normal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Weight gain is likely due to being out of a routine. Maybe your fitness center is closed or your extra time has been spent homeschooling your kids,” said Security Health Plan Manager of Wellness and Health Promotion Dave Scheuer.

Stress can also have an impact on the waistline and can lead to emotional overeating. It’s important to find healthy ways to cope with stress.

As people adapt to a new normal and develop new routines, Wisconsinites with a plan from Security Health Plan should know Security is here to help. Security Health Plan members have free access to WebMD’s Wellness at Your Side app. This handy app lets the user set goals, track progress and get personalized recommendations—all with the trusted knowledge and experience of WebMD. From tips on exercise, ways to keep stress in check, healthy meal ideas, and free digital health coaching, this easy-to-use app has so many features that can help. The app is free to download in Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Ready to get more active? To avoid injury, don’t overdo it. According to Harvard Health Publishing, it’s important to discuss any new fitness regimen with your health care provider. For those who are ready to get moving, take time to warm up. It’s important to stretch—don’t jump into a vigorous workout right away. Start slow and ease back into it.

Security Health Plan Health Educator Angie Pero encourages people to use caution when adding more activity into their routines.

“People need to be careful easing back into an exercise routine not only because they may have been inactive, but also because they need a solid resource for information. Your local YMCA is a great place to start. Check out their website or You Tube channel for tips from certified instructors who focus on injury prevention,” Pero explained.

And for some added fun, Scheuer recommends involving the whole family.

“The kids need activity too, so join in active play games with them. Create an obstacle course or mini-challenge in your backyard,” Scheuer said. “Even taking a walk or bike ride can be a great way to get low-impact exercise and can benefit your mental and physical health.”

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