New Year, New Me: Tips for getting in shape for 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic

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You might want to consider making television watching more active by doing jumping jacks or push-ups during the commercials. Photo: Jeshoots/Pexels


(Kandace Redd/ WMFY News) — America’s top New Year’s resolutions for 2021 are exercising more, eating healthier, and losing weight. That’s according to a recent Statista Global Consumer Survey. Researchers surveyed 531 U.S. adults. Out of all the participants who said they were making one or several new year’s resolutions, 44 percent wanted to exercise more, 42 percent planned to eat healthier, and 31 percent wanted to lose weight in the year of 2021.

Exercising can be a challenge while staying at home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But, it’s possible—and important—to be physically active while social distancing. Exercising reduces blood pressure and anxiety and helps you sleep better. It can also help to improve mood and energy level.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need about 150 minutes of exercise a week. That’s about 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week. Children aged 3 to 5 years need physical activity throughout the day, every day for growth and development. Children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily. (…)

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