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Remembering to exercise during Covid-19

Everywhere you go and turn, you hear Covid-19 this and Covid-19 that. It is the top story, 9 out of 10 times each day, but no matter what you may hear around you do not forget to move your body. Whether you go outside or not, everyone must realize that their heart is a muscle that needs exercise, just like all other muscles for all of our survival. Taking a break to move your body is imperative, but especially our heart. Our body is grateful to us when we take good care of it by keeping it moving, hydrated, and well-nourished daily. Working from home does not mean one is to live a sedentary lifestyle. Yes, it is a luxury that saves us tons of money in commuting dollars, among other things, but it does not give us reasons to sit back and be glued to a computer 24/5 or 24/7. It should be easier if you work at home because you have the option to have meetings standing up or while on a stool or walking around your space with no judgement. There is no need to be confined to a chair or bed to have an online appointment or call. Your home is your space to be free to do as you please so moving around within should not be an obstacle.

One can do two sets of squats before or while on a team meeting or after one, and the good news is if someone else is talking, you can place yourself on mute and get a good workout in. If you are not one to show your face on-screen during meetings even better, partake in exercises that do not have you breathing heavily when someone calls on you for your insight. Sit-ups, lunges, push-ups and shoulder exercises, as well as stretches are perfect during these times as well. There is no limit to what you can do to keep moving during this pandemic to get your exercise in. During this Covid-19 pandemic, we have had virtual happy hours and lunchtime, exercise, and meditation moments to bring normalcy to our new normal environment. However, many of us have worked from home for years before this situation has arisen. No matter what your new normal is while working from home or being at home, remember to have fun with it and keep moving. Changing things up, so one does not get stagnant is imperative to being productive with one's work and not packing on the pounds that can seriously impact one's health during these times.. The moral of the story is, no matter what reason, you may have to be indoors during this pandemic that has us all social distancing. Make sure to take a break from stressful activities and move a little or a lot. If at all possible walk or jog in place, do a few squats, some sit-ups or jumping jacks; its not impossible to get your steps in. Do something everyday to increase your heart rate and don't forget to cool it down with a few stretches. Exercise is beneficial in us all living a healthy life make sure it is apart of your lifestyle.

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