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25 June 2020

Here's a question that isn’t asked enough: "Are you okay?"

It's easy to get carried away with our day-to-day lives and, as a result, we sometimes forget to check in with others. We can forget to message the people we love and get too caught up in our own lives.

People are worried, so it's important to ask our colleagues, family and friends if they’re okay.

No matter what's happening in the world, a positive attitude always helps – not just now but in the long term. Let’s use this wake-up call to appreciate the importance of being kind to one another and continue to be kind, even when this is all over. Let’s use this opportunity to take care of our health, mind and body.

Of course we all know that moving more is good for us. But understanding the level of activity that's right for each of us can be difficult, especially if you've had a fall, an operation, or if you're living with a long-term health condition.

Being more active isn't about working up a sweat. It's just about moving more each day – in whatever way works best for you. The three core principles are:

  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Strength

Below are some activities that could help.

Flexibility:

  • Gently stretch in bed
  • Stand normally and be mindful of your posture. Roll your shoulders back and tuck your tail under
  • Side bends: lean over to the side as if reaching toward the floor, contract your oblique abdominal muscles and return to the starting position
  • Do some ‘wall angels’

Balance:

  • Do a single-foot stand
  • Try a one-legged bend
  • Do some tip toe lifts
  • See how fast you can walk between rooms

Strength:

  • Do some wall pushups
  • Jump as high as you can on the spot
  • Hold the perfect posture for as long as you can – standing and sitting
  • Try ‘land swimming’ – lie on your front on the floor and move your arms and legs up and down, squeezing each muscle group as you go

If you agree that we should be using this time to recharge and reboot before life speeds back up, then share your progress on social media and remember to tag us.

Lacking motivation? Ask yourself if you’re okay and if you need more support: we're here for you.

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