Social distancing may be the buzz phrase of the moment, but here's a phrase you may be less familiar with: sedentary lifestyle. It refers to people going through their days with little to no physical exercise. Ring any bells? In today's rush to abstain from potentially harmful activities, many of us (*raises hand*) have forgotten just how important it is to move.
And doctors are taking note. "Ordinarily, pre-COVID, people would on average be moving at least 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day, even with stationary jobs," Anita Juvvadi, MD, a pediatrician at Juvvadi Pediatrics of Stanford Children’s Health, tells Bustle. "But due to virtual classes and work from home schedules, everyone is moving less."
So what does that mean for our health? In addition to simply making us feel good, physical exercise can help with everything from immune support to reducing anxiety and depression. In an era full of unknowns, it's more crucial than ever to take full advantage of the benefits that getting active has to offer.
Bustle teamed up with Stanford Children's Health to talk with Dr. Juvvadi about her tips for keeping families healthy in the midst of the pandemic through fun — and socially distant — exercise ideas to get everyone up and running again.