Pandemic-Safe and Planet-Friendly Ways to Stay Healthy

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Staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic while also being conscious of your impact on the environment might seem like a lot to consider, but it is easier than you might think. 

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If you are done baking bread and binging the latest TV series -- you might be feeling like you need to be more active. CNN breaks down a list of healthy activities -- all of which are approved by The Doctors -- that will keep you moving while keeping the planet in good shape.

Biking: While new bikes might be hard to find right now, you should consider dusting off the old one in your garage, as they have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and will save you gas money (not to mention save the air from car emissions!). Biking (while taking the proper safety measures like mask-wearing and distancing) can also be a great safe way to see friends and loved ones in an active setting.

Gardening: If you need to get outside more, it is time to turn part of your yard (or balcony or window sill) into a garden. In addition to being a great outdoor safe activity, gardening has been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which an excess of can lead to weight gain. Also, there are health and nutrition benefits to growing your own food and it will help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Cooking: Are you tired of takeout? If you have not already embraced your inner-chef, it is time. Studies have shown that those who cook more at home have lower BMIs and will end up eating healthier meals. Also, cooking will save you money, cut down on waste from takeout, and can be an easy way to eat more vegetarian and vegan meals. If you are looking for recipes, The Doctors have plenty to keep you busy in the kitchen.

Jogging: In most parts of the country, gyms are still closed or you might not want to go inside one just yet. So skip the treadmill and get outside, which is a great way to still get in your cardio. CNN reports that running, even in small amounts, has been shown to reduce the risk of premature death. And unlike your gym -- which uses power for treadmill machines, lighting, and air conditioning -- running outside is completely green.

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Swimming, Rowing and "Plalking": If you are lucky enough to have a pool and good weather, going for a swim (a wonderful cardio workout) is always a great way to get outside and stay active. If you are feeling adventurous, CNN suggests swimming in lakes, rivers, and the ocean, which are free from the chemicals used in pools. Also, rowing is a water-based exercise that is planet-friendly and helps to build muscle, work the core, and even possibly prevent future back pain. If you are looking for a moderate exercise that helps reduce the trash in your area, consider the trend of "Plalking," which is "picking up litter while walking." Not only will this help you get your steps in, but you'll also be helping to remove dropped trash, much of which can hopefully be recycled.

The Doctors remind everyone to stay safe while staying active and continue to wear a mask and social distance from others.

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