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How to Stay Active During Social Distancing

Since many of us don’t have our ergonomic office chairs at home, our other set-ups might be starting to wear on our bodies. The following are a few activities to keep in mind to help you feel better and, hopefully, be more productive.

Get up from your work spot every 30 minutes, or at least every hour. Even a quick loop around the house helps. Staying sedentary makes our muscles tighter and more uncomfortable. Getting up also helps ease eye strain from looking at the computer all day.

Stretching works wonders. This can be a longer practice, like yoga, or even just doing the following stretches a couple times a day.

  1. Put your chin down to your chest and then look up to the ceiling.
  2. Slowly turn your head to the left, then turn your head to the right.
  3. Put your left ear to your left shoulder, then your right ear to your right shoulder.
  4. Interlink your fingers in front of you and stretch forwards.
  5. Interlink your fingers behind your back and stretch backwards.

Maintain hobbies that keep you moving. For example, knitting is good for arthritis and keeping dexterity of movement (but note that if you haven’t knitted for some time, start slowly to prevent aggravating some symptoms). Other hobbies that help you to move are baking, making music, restoring furniture, making origami, sewing, and many crafting activities.

For those who enjoy exercise classes, YMCA 360 is offering free, online group exercise classes like Boot Camp, Barre, Yoga and low impact programs for seniors. Many other companies have also switched to online services you can try for free via streaming services and wellness apps. Plus, several fitness coaches have taken to social media to share their classes.

We hope you try some of these activities to make your working from home time more enjoyable!

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