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Do you find yourself sitting a lot lately, maybe watching TV or playing a video game? Because of the COVID-19 public health emergency, many of us are living a more sedentary lifestyle than we may enjoy or are used to. While it may seem relaxing, it’s not healthy; studies show that a more sedentary lifestyle has certain dangers.

Even if you’ve changed your routine to comply with certain safety restrictions, you can make an effort to stay healthy — physically and mentally.

Prevent infection

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home.

Stay Active

Get recommended preventive care

  • Keep appointments for preventive care, like your annual physical.
  • Get the immunizations that are recommended for you.
  • If you are prescribed medication for a chronic condition, like diabetes or asthma, take it as directed by your doctor.

Reduce mental stress

  • Stay connected to friends and family. Talking with people you trust about your concerns and your feelings can help you feel less isolated.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. If you need to, take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, and avoid social media and television.

Take care of your physical health

During stressful times, it’s important to stay as healthy as possible. Consider using the tips listed here to help you maintain your health. Speak with your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise routine.