Practicing proper social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak is the number one tool we have to flatten the curve and minimize the spread. However, this does not mean that you have to let your physical and mental health take the backseat. Today we’re sharing some ideas to help you maintain your physical and mental health during this time of isolation.

Get out on a bike ride. With the weather warming up, getting outside and going on a bike ride is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and still socially distance yourself. Cycling as exercise is low-impact and easy on your joints.

Find a new trail to hike. We have some stunning places to see by hiking, right in our backyards. Not only does hiking benefit your physical health, but it benefits your mental health greatly by being outside in nature. Don’t congregate in areas that could be crowded such as trailheads and continue to maintain proper distance between yourself and others. 

Go on a walk with your family. Something as simple as taking a walk around the block can get your blood circulating and do wonders for your mental health. Make sure you’re following the CDC’s and Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines by only spending time with your family who lives in the same house as you, no extended family get-togethers to minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

Try an in-home workout. YouTube has some great resources for free, in-home workouts. Whether you have workout equipment or not, you’ll be able to find something to meet your needs and will allow you to get your body moving.

Garden or clean your home. These are both great ways to stay active while practicing proper social distancing techniques. Gardening and keeping your home clean can bring you peace of mind during this uncertain time. 

These are just a few ideas to get you started. No matter what you choose to do to stay active during this time, you’ll benefit both physically and mentally from it. 

Your Healthcare, Accessible Where You Need It

During this time, our staff and providers at our hospital and clinics are working hard to ensure that when you come to see us for appointments, you’re safe. From thorough sanitization to proper screening prior to your appointment, you can rest assured that your health is in the best hands during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are still here to see you in-person for annual visits, vaccination appointments, OB/GYN appointments, and anything else you need at this time.

If you are immunocompromised or don’t feel comfortable leaving your home, we are now offering TeleMedicine services. This allows you to see your provider from the safety and comfort of your own home. To schedule an in-person or TeleMedicine appointment, give your clinic a call to get this set up. 

Stay home, stay healthy, save lives.