All of our lives have changed drastically over the past week. With the attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, people are practicing social distancing and isolation. Many are stuck inside their homes without their normal daily activities, and no one is exactly sure how long this will last. Washing your hands, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising are all important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Staying fit while staying home can seem to be a unique challenge, however with some thought and creativity, it is possible! The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offer these tips:
1. Get creative! Sit-ups, push-ups, planks, squats, and leg lifts are all great ways to work out without a gym or equipment. Take a look around your house to find other things you can use to work out. Staying active and exercising daily will help keep your feet, ankles, and entire body strong.
2. Stay connected to your family and friends. Setting goals for yourself and including your friends in those goals can help you stay accountable. Check in with each other often to ensure you are all staying safe and active while at home.
3. Check online resources. Fitness videos and other classes are just a few of the free resources available online. Check out YouTube for several workout options that you can use right in the safety of your own home. You can also swap workout ideas when checking in with your friends!
4. Look into E-Workouts. Many gyms are closing their doors. Check with your local gym to see if they are offering any online classes. Some instructors may be offering virtual classes as an alternative to in-person classes. 
5. Get outside! Enjoying fresh air and activities while practicing social distancing is very important. Going for a walk, a run, or a hike are all great ways to spend time outside, without putting yourself at risk. If you are more comfortable staying inside, make sure and take scheduled breaks to get up and walk around your home. 
6. Play with your kids! With kids out of school and schedules more open, take the time to have fun as a family. Play games together, build a fort, and just enjoy the extra time together. Have open conversations with your kids to make sure they are doing well mentally, emotionally, and physically.
This is a difficult time for everyone. By doing something to stay fit each day, it can help you stay active and keep your feetankles, and entire body strong. As an added benefit, finding different ways to stay active and enjoy time together will help ease boredom and pass the time!
At Idaho Foot and Ankle Center, we are taking extra precautions and safety measures to ensure our patients are safe and protected when coming to our office. We are still open, and in many cases are available for same day appointments. If you experience a foot or ankle injury or are struggling with foot and ankle pain, contact Idaho Foot and Ankle Center. Foot pain can make daily activities very difficult. Dr. Kylin Kovac and Dr. Jed Erickson want to help get you on the right path to feeling better.
Some content provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.