With many of our schedules still disrupted by COVID-19, clocking our steps isn’t quite as straightforward as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator as we go about our day.
With most of us working or studying from home on certain days, and restrictions on heading out to crowded areas, COVID-19 has made it difficult to simply clock steps as we go about our day. However, there are many ways in which we can get our step count up for ADA Walk2Remember, and also get some low intensity exercise in. Here are some tips and ideas.
Go Out For A Walk At Off-peak Hours
It’s still a good idea to get some fresh air outside, and one of the ways to do this while making sure that we’re not going to be caught in a crowd is to go during off-peak hours. Take a sandwich for lunch and walk in the park while others are still working, or wake up slightly earlier and go for a cool morning walk to start your day fresh! You can check the crowd levels before heading to the park at https://safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg/.
Walk In Place
Even if you don’t have a treadmill at home, it’s possible to walk on the spot while watching television instead of slumping over on your sofa. What’s happening on screen will take your mind off the monotony of what you’re doing and make the steps fly by; just remember to have your phone on you so your steps get recorded! You can also stand up and step from side to side while reading the news or scrolling through social media on your phone.
Do A Simple Dance
Make clocking those steps a little more fun by putting your phone in your pocket and doing a simple dance with your loved ones. Not only will you guys be adding to your steps while having a good time, it’s also a great activity to bond over, and get your loved ones with dementia moving and grooving.
Play A Video Game
If you have video game systems that have motion controlled games available, booting up the game can be a fun way for the family to clock more steps. Games like Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch and Just Dance for multiple platforms are some popular choices the younger ones in your family will also enjoy.
Keep Your Phone On Hand As You Do Housework
Housework may not be most people’s idea of a fun time, but you’ll be surprised how many steps you take while going about the house and doing the necessary chores. Just be sure to keep your phone on hand so that the app will be able to detect your steps!
To register for the ADA Walk2Remember 2020, visit https://web.42race.com/race-bundle/adawalk2remember
To find out more about ADA’s full list of WAM 2020 events, visit https://dementia.org.sg/wam2020