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Ignatian Isolation and Quarantine

Care for the Whole Person: Body

Illustration of St. Ignatius representing care for the bodyIf you are able, and your treatment provider recommends that you exercise, physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during this time.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following suggestions:

  • Take short active breaks during the day. Short bouts of physical activity add up to the weekly recommendations.
  • Follow an online exercise class. Take advantage of the wealth of online exercise classes.  If you have no experience performing these exercises, be cautious and aware of your own limitations.
  • Walk. Even in small spaces, walking around or walking on the spot, can help you remain active. If you have a call, stand or walk around your home while you speak, instead of sitting down.
  • Stand up. Reduce your sedentary time by standing up whenever possible. Ideally, aim to interrupt sitting and reclining time every 30 minutes. Consider setting up a standing desk by using a high table or stacking a pile of books or other materials, to continue working while standing.
  • For optimal health, it is also important to remember to eat healthily and stay hydrated. WHO recommends drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages.