Healthy Tips For the At-Home Blues
UHD Sports & Fitness Offers the Right Prescription
By Sheryl E. Taylor
UHD News checked in with Sports & Fitness’ very-own Melissa Crews, fitness coordinator, who offers healthy tips on how to stay engaged, motivated and de-stressed while staying at home.
Why is it important to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle especially during this time?
According to American Red Cross Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, “Prevention is key in limiting the spread of coronavirus, and with more people working remotely or limiting their exposure to crowds, it's important to maintain healthy habits at home.”
Workout/Exercise: There are numerous bodyweight exercises that you can do while at home, including our online classes. In addition, there are plenty of YouTube videos that you can watch in the comfort of your own home.
Manage Your Stress: This is exceptionally hard during this time, but it’s important that you try not to overthink or overwhelm yourself. Stress impacts your immune system by releasing harmful chemicals, which can weaken your immune system.
Practice Good Nutrition: Eat balanced meals including lots of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy.
UHD Sports & Fitness is now offering its Live Studio Stream featuring online classes from Latin dance to yoga to Pilates to Zumba and more.
What can the community expect with these online classes?
“Our goal is to keep the UHD Community healthy and engaged. It’s essential that we stay active. The most important take away from our online resources is to that we’re here for our UHD community in every way possible—from answering questions to just listening and interacting with fellow Gators,” Crews said.
Are there healthy tips that we can do while telecommuting from home?
“Staying active and healthy by practicing mind/body, strength, flexibility, cardio and good nutrition," she said. "But I think most people forget they must condition the mind first, which can be done through meditation or yoga. There are great meditation videos on YouTube.
“We need to be positive and have an optimistic outlook. It’s also important to listen to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommendations and guidelines regarding social distancing. We may be distant, but we can stay together by coming together as one community— #UHDGatorsTogether.”
Check out UHD Sports & Fitness for upcoming online classes and more. As a reminder, don’t forget that Sports & Fitness is also offering a daily T-shirt giveaway drawing for those who take advantage of its exercise classes and challenges. Check out S&F pushup challenge on Instagram at uhdsportsandfitness.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 54,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).
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