COVID-19 has created a new normal when it comes to daily living in all of our communities. Adjusting to this new normal has not been easy, and one area that has taken a huge hit is fitness. According to TIME Magazine, Americans are working out 32% less than before the pandemic, causing major hurdles further decreasing people’s mood and energy levels.  Many people had to come up with clever ways to work out during the pandemic, where many have struggled to adjust, seeing their energy levels decrease. According to Everyday Health, exercise is proven to boost your mood and energy levels that can help contribute to overall well-being. By increasing energy levels and maintaining a consistent fitness regime, it can help motivate more people to get out and move. Here are some helpful exercises that can help boost your energy levels: 

Take a hike! - Get out (mask on!), and take a nice walk outside. With increased levels of Vitamin D, fresh air, and constant movement, going on a hike can help strengthen muscles and improve your cardiovascular system. Even if you suffer from joint pain, hiking can consist of taking a nice walk through the park or walking a nice trail in your neighborhood. What’s important is that you are getting out and constantly moving, boosting your energy, and having fun doing it! Grab a friend (6 feet a part!) or go alone - hiking has never been better!

Body Weights - No equipment? No problem! Body weights have become popular since the COVID-19 pandemic, and have become key in keeping many people, especially seniors, active and have higher energy levels. Creating a body weight program such as squats, planks, and push-ups can help get you in a routine you will love. Utilize your body, and start moving! 

Keep that brain active! - Physical fitness isn’t the only solution in boosting energy levels. Keeping your brain active and focused can help you be more vigilant in activities you do on a daily basis. Whether you want to take up learning a new instrument or reading a good book, it is crucial to keep the brain active and maintain great activity levels to boost energy, remain focused, and help decrease your chances of dementia and cognitive decline. 

These activities are proven in helping boost energy levels to keep you at your best. An added incentive to help maintain a balanced schedule is having a caregiver assist you! Caregivers are great for helping build routines, participate in activities, and keep you at your best so you can remain at your best. Families have a unique opportunity to work with caregivers, creating tasks such as reminders to exercise, go on walks, or any other form of outdoor activity that is appropriate for your loved one. Caregivers are ready to assist those in need whenever they need it most, find a caregiver now!

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