With the recent wildfires on the western slopes in Colorado, the air quality in the last week has been less than ideal. You may have noticed a steady layer of haze for several days, alongside warnings to refuel and mow the lawn after 5:00 p.m. Plus, with COVID-19 working its way around, going to the gym may be less than ideal for exercise, depending on your health. So, what to do?

If you go for walks or run outside, do so early in the morning or after 6:00 p.m. The air quality will be less confounded by layers of heat. And we all know it’s hot out there!

Exercise inside when you can! While it’s difficult to get a good 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise inside without gym equipment, some movement is better than none. Find your favorite tune and dance around your kitchen.

Avoid sitting for too many hours at a time. It’s easy to sit all day when you’re forced to stay indoors (as we learned in the spring during early COVID days). Even if you’re working from home, make a point to stand and take a lap around the house every half hour.

We know that with mask mandates, breathing has been more challenging than it would be otherwise. Add in smoke and dry heat, and it’s no wonder we’re having a hard time staying motivated to move. But remember: the less you move, the harder it is to get going again. We know exercise with a mask isn’t the greatest, but if you do go to a gym to exercise, wear your mask!

If you need assistance developing a safe exercise routine, make an appointment with one of our highly trained physical therapists who will be happy to create a tailored plan for you.

By Laura Vroman