During the Pandemic many people have been sitting more and experiencing injuries doing simple actions. This has been occurring for many reasons, like not having a reason to leave home, working from home, or maybe losing your routine. People don’t have an ideal work set-up at home and people aren’t walking as much. Big changes in your routine isn’t healthy on your body instead change your activity gradually occurring to Happy & Healthy’s guest Ariela Pohl, a Physical Therapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist at District Performance & Physio.
Host Nira Berry wants to know what could help you stay active and avoid injury in the future. It depends why you are not active…Time, Resources (Gym), Not knowing where to start, or Lack of motivation.
- Short on Time…Brief exercises throughout the day or go for a walk if you are on the phone.
- Not knowing where to start, or you are use to going to the gym, or maybe you have an accountability issue…There are many free YouTube or Zoom exercise classes available, find a partner to hold you accountable, or maybe the Peloton, which has grown greatly in popularity.
- Time or not knowing where to start…make a plan, set your exercise in your schedule, take time to be active, and stay healthy make it a point because you are worth it
Setting Up A Workplace and Demonstrations
Most important factor is not to stay in one place too long. Change your position often in order to stay more limber. Keep you back against your chair or use a pillow behind you to sit with support and sit with a good position at a 90˚ angle or whatever makes you comfortable. Comfort is key according to Ariela, she also thinks a Sit to Stand desk is perfect for not being stationary and you have the choice to switch positions. Ariela demonstrates some Stretching Chair Exercises and Diaphragmatic Breath Exercises which is excellent for Relaxation, focusing on the neck, back, and pelvis. As a reminder Ariela would like you to know that pain doesn’t necessarily mean that there is an injury, your muscles could be weak or you could have some arthritis.
For more information about Ariela Pohl and the District Performance & Physio visit DistrictPerformancePhysio.com.
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