Over the next few weeks, as many of us adjust to staying indoors, we must continue moving throughout the day.
As we already know, physical activity is great for our body and has a positive impact on our health and mental wellbeing overall. It helps to lower anxiety, stress and increases our energy levels that overall can help lift our moods.
During these uncertain times, it is essential that we take care of our physical and mental health. That’s why we’ve listed some ways to keep you moving this lockdown.
Move Every 30 Minutes
Often, we don’t realise how much movement we do daily while working, from walking to the car or station, leaving to get lunch, or walking into the meeting room. Our bodies constantly move throughout the day. When working from home, we often stay in the same spot most of the day and become more at risk of stiffness, back pain and muscle aches.
To stay in an active routine and avoid the risk of injury, try getting up and moving your body for at least 1 min every 30 minutes. Whether you’re getting up to get a drink of water, cleaning part of the house or go and checking the mail, these small bursts of energy will greatly reduce your chances of body stiffness and injury from staying put all day!
Stretching is incredibly important for our bodies. While we can’t visit our favourite gyms or sporting clubs, it is crucial that we keep our muscles moving. Stretching allows for more blood to flow into our muscles, improves our range of motion and can release unwanted tension build-up.
Often, sitting for extended periods has the potential to greatly impact your hip flexors and back. Stretching the body using a foam roller is an incredible tool that works on loosening the muscle tissue and tension surrounding it. Another useful tool such as resistance bands can assist in keeping your body active.
They are incredibly versatile as they can be used for warming up, as well as working out and stretching all of the body. Performing daily stretches with a foam roller or resistance band can significantly improve posture, flexibility, muscle soreness, reduce stiffness and decrease the chance of injury. Grab your own foam roller and resistance band today from the Progressive online store! https://progressiverehab.com.au/shop/.
Walking is one of the most beneficial physical activities out there. It helps improve circulation, strengthens your muscles and improves sleep. With outdoor exercise being limited during this lockdown, walking is a great way to get outside, feel the fresh air and keep your body moving. Walking is also more enjoyable when you do it with someone, so grab the family or meet up with a friend and head out to go for a walk in your local area.
Here at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, we not only care about your physical health but your overall wellbeing. If you’re starting to experience pain or muscle aches, don’t wait! Contact the practice today on (02)47217798, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book your appointment online here.