Personal View: How to stop being a couch potato during quarantine


Nianna Shaffer, Staff Reporter

I’m sitting on my couch, binge-watching TV and checking my phone every couple hours or so. Besides getting up to use the bathroom or get a snack, I’ve been chilling on my couch 24/7. Does this sound like you as well? Do you want to be more productive than you have been since we got out of school? Me too and we can do this together.

According to province, “By moving your body daily, it is beneficial to your mental health, body strength, and skin.” As a result, in moving your body you are improving your blood circulation. Blood circulation is very important to maintaining a healthy body, it supplies oxygen to your organs and most importantly your brain. Body movement can also be a mood enhancer. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

Here are some fun and easy ways to get you moving about! To get your legs all awake and working, try walking up and down the stairs. The stepping up and down action are like lunges and can help with keeping your leg muscles in shape. If that doesn’t float your boat, try taking a walk around your neighborhood. Fresh air can do wonders for you! As stated by, “The smells and increased oxygen intake can clean your lungs and give you more energy and a sharper mind.” Just be sure to keep your distance from others. Six feet apart!

If you don’t like going outside, there are many more things to do in the house. Try a dance party! Most (if not all) of us are at home with our families. Schedule a time during the day and set up a party for yourselves. Make some sandwiches and cups of juice (or water) and have a great time. This not only gets your body moving, but it creates a stronger family bond! Other ways to get you off the couch include, painting a picture, board games, charades, baking/cooking and many more!

These are just a few ways to get yourself up and moving and not be a couch potato. Whether you decide to go outside and go for a walk or have some family time, it will benefit you and your body in the long run. Just remember to stay safe and have fun!