Staying physically active during COVID-19

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  • By Greg Chadwick, Air Force Materiel Command Health & Wellness Team

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- As we’re spending more time at home during self-isolation for coronavirus, it’s important to remain physically active.  Physical activity can help to boost your mood, reduce stress, improve sleep and sharpen your focus – benefits that can be especially important during stressful times.

The Minutes to Win It Challenge is a great way to participate in physical activities that you can do at home. Civilian Health Promotion Services throughout Air Force Materiel Command, including at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, will participate in the virtual activity. The goal of the challenge is to earn minutes of exercise.

Registration opened April 13, and the challenge runs April 20 through May 31. Completion awards will be based on a participant’s level of completion and will be available at the CHPS office in June for those at Hanscom AFB.  Federal civilian employees and active duty service members are eligible to participate. To sign-up for the challenge, visit You can also register by contacting CHPS at

For further information, contact Britni Bredeweg, Hanscom's CHPS health promotion coordinator, at

Here are some tips to stay active while staying at home:

Indoor Cardiovascular Activities

  • Walk briskly around the house or up and down the stairs for 10-15 minutes 2-3 times per day.
  • Dance to your favorite music.
  • Join a live exercise class on YouTube.

Outdoor Cardiovascular Activities (if your local government allows)

  • Walk or jog around your neighborhood (maintain the recommended 6 foot physical distancing).
  • Go for a bicycle ride.
  • Do gardening and lawn work.

Strength Training

  • Download the MissionFit App- technique instruction with videos.
  • Find ways to do simple muscle strengthening exercises around your house such as:
    • Squats or sit-to-stands from a sturdy chair
    • Push-ups against a wall, the kitchen counter or the floor
    • Lunges or single leg step-ups on stairs

Stay physically active with the Minute to Win It Challenge. Register today at

(Editor’s note: The 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs Office contributed to this article.)