Albertan’s are being urged to maintain physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, and Erica Wiebe, Olympic champion and Alberta Ambassador for Sport and Active Living made the statement on Sunday, April 5.
Many people are staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As Albertan’s adjust to the current situation, they may find themselves feeling uncertain, unmotivated or not sure how to stay active.
“Easing back on certainty-seeking behaviours such as checking the news constantly allows a bit of calmness and routine back in your day. There are many things we can’t control right now, but we can control our physical wellness, routines and thoughts. Take back control – maybe try something new or make a healthy meal every single day, or reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a long time,” said Wiebe.
Aheer said that Wiebe’s experiences as an Olympic athlete have given her the tools to overcome adversity and adapt to new and difficult situations. Her approach is accessible and positive in a time when we need that most, stated Aheer.
Wiebe wants to emphasize the importance of keeping routines with children to help them develop and maintain physical literacy that can be adapted and practiced while at home during this time.
She encourages everyone to try to get outside or get your heart rate up for at least 15-30 minutes every day. She suggests also doing body weight exercises such as squats, burpees, pushups or repetitions. Deep breathing or meditation is encouraged as a way to manage stress.
Albertan’s are being challenged to post their home wellness activities during this pandemic using the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeAB.
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