Please see the below information on how to stay fit and healthy both physically and mentally while being safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home.
2. Maintain Physical Distance:
– Avoid crowded sidewalks, bike lanes/trails and busy streets.
– Avoid contact with others wherever possible and, maintain a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) of distance between individuals.

3. Use Personal Protective Equipment when you cannot maintain physical distance while outdoors. Masks or face coverings are mandatory at all indoor public spaces.
4. Practice Frequent Hand Hygiene/Sanitization: Consider carrying your own personal alcohol-based hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes.
5. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

 

Click here to download tips on how to stay safe while being physically active

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-World Health Organization – Health & Wellness Tips & Resources
https://bit.ly/2Z03fO9

– P.E. With Joe: Week 1
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

– Stay physically active during self-quarantine
http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine

– How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation
http://theconversation.com/how-to-stay-fit-and-active-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-self-isolation-134044

– How to Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy
https://time.com/5804130/covid-19-social-distancing-wellness/

– Want to feel a little more connected while you get active?
Visit ParticipAction’s Facebook page every weekday at 12pm EST to watch their Live Fit Break

– ParticipACTION – Make Your Fitness Goals a Reality
https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/programs/get-started

– ParticipACTION – Everything gets better when you get active
https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/everything-better

– 3 No-Equipment-Needed At-Home Workouts
https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/3-no-equipment-needed-at-home-workouts?clckmp=activecom_global_latestonactive_pos2&fbclid=IwAR3LgJtTGD-0z-9tbtHmJfUhDWQyQXDn2tW0D25iuKDAru16XDKrBpuC59s

– 20 Minute Body Workout
https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/20-minute-bodyweight-workout-for-weight-loss?clckmp=activecom_global_mostpopulararticles_pos4

– 20 Min Full Body Workout Video | At Home & Equipment Free!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyFjMupI5B0

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Stay Fit Challenge this April!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Stay Fit Challenge!

This past April, Commute Ontario challenged workplaces, campuses and communities across Ontario to stay fit and active for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift card. Over 125 individuals logged 21,765 kilometres of walking (64%), cycling (13%), running (10%) and other fun activities (13%) on the Active Switch online tool.

With 35 workplaces/campuses and 31 municipalities participating in the challenge, the race to achieve the Stay Fit organization goal of 500 km & community goal of 2,500 km was in everyone’s sight.

Congratulations to the City of Thunder Bay who surpassed their community goal by logging more than 7,300 km online.

Below are the Top 5 organizations that exceeded their goal of 500 km:
1. Greater Toronto Airports Authority
2. Region of Durham, Headquarters
3. Bruce Power
4. University of Toronto Mississauga
5. Maple Leaf Foods

As we continue to do our part during these challenging times, Commute Ontario encourages you to continue to stay active and track your activity at www.activeswitch.ca for a chance to win monthly prizes. This May, you can WIN a $100 Amazon gift card!

A special congratulations to Angela Pollard from Dufferin County for winning the $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

Meet Angela Pollard. A Community Services Worker by day, and a dance enthusiast by night! As a dance and fitness guru, Angela’s commitment to staying active hasn’t slowed her down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Due to all the closures, most of my activities are executed virtually. Zumba is something that I have done for many years and thoroughly enjoy. Other virtual activities include dance inspired classes, Body Combat, and classes with a focus on strength training.”

When Angela heard about the Stay Fit Challenge through her workplace, she was excited to participate. “I’ve been trying to stay active so why not log my activity online for a chance to win a prize.”

Angela registered a free account on the Active Switch online tool and comments on how easy it is to use. “I like how it calculates your ongoing progress and acts as a virtual accountability partner. Since I was doing everything online, it was really easy to track my activity once I was done each day.”

And when asked what kind of advice she would provide to others looking to get more active, Angela simply says: “Any day is a good day to start being active. Some people say, “Oh, I’ll start on Monday,” and Monday never comes. Just keep moving and don’t be afraid to try new things!”

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry! The Monthly Rewards Program gives you a chance to WIN a prize each month! Keep active and track your activity at activeswitch.ca in the month of May for a chance to WIN a $100 Amazon gift card. 

See all the upcoming Monthly Rewards Program prizes for 2020 here.

Please see the below list of tips on how to stay active.

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– Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

– CMHA Mental Health Week Toolkit (May 4 – 10)
https://mentalhealthweek.ca/toolkit/

– A Yogi’s guide to cultivating inner peace, even in the most stressful times
http://blog.ymcagta.org/blog/2020/04/16/a-yogis-guide-to-cultivating-inner-peace-even-in-the-most-stressful-times/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=CampaignMonitor&utm_campaign=campaign_id]&utm_term=4%20Ways%20To%20Be%20Kinder%20To%20Yourself

– The Ontario Chamber of Commerce Mental Health Resources
https://occ.ca/covid19-mentalhealthresources

– 5 tips to manage your anxiety and mental health during the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/9915498-5-tips-to-manage-your-anxiety-and-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/?previewkey=eaaaaocz%2fomqbfinw0gqilc5xbmskp9wkg2pwnrzlbwssy6m&source=missinewsroom

– Improving Mental Health During COVID-19
https://mentalhealthcovid19.ca/

– Resources to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/

– An Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uL5sqe5Uk8&feature=youtu.be&mc_cid=820cdbe96c&mc_eid=259b941217

– 7 Ways To Reduce Stress