Exercising during a pandemic is tough. Our routines are thrown off. Gyms, Activity Centers, and trailheads are closed. Stress levels are high. Due to the coronavirus response, many employees are working from home, while others are pulling long hours in the office or in the field. Because everything is currently so different, it is easier than normal to get wrapped up in a work project, spend an entire day without exercise or stretching, and end the day with an aching body.
Muscles need a break, not only from strenuous work, but also from continuous, low-level activity like sitting, and repetitive motions like driving a bus. Additionally, regular exercise has been shown to improve depression and anxiety symptoms, which is especially helpful during this time of uncertainty.
Regardless of where you are working, try to take a few minutes out of each day to move your body. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be done at once during a day. Every minute of movement adds up.
Balanced You Exercise and Stretching Videos
To help you meet your movement goals, Balanced You has partnered with Vivecorp to develop two videos for King County employees. One video focuses on exercises. The other focuses on stretches. Each video is less than two minutes long and designed so you can do them anywhere, and so you can do them as repetitions if you’d like to work out longer.
Sample exercises and stretches include:
- Marching in place
- Chair squats
- Lateral lunges
- Arm raises
- Shoulder stretches
Consider learning the exercises and practicing them during a conference call or webinar. Or, open a team meeting – via skype or in person – by doing the stretching video together.
We’d love to hear success stories of you integrating these videos into your work and home life. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures, suggestions, questions, or requests.