April 9, 2020
As we adjust to physical distancing and remote working conditions, our everyday activity has been replaced by audio-conferencing, our "steps" by sitting. The impact on our physical health may be profound.
To avoid negative impacts to our physical and mental well-being, the Well-Being Task Force encourages you to seek opportunities to adjust, maintain (or even increase!) your physical activity.
You don't need conventional fitness equipment to do an effective workout. You just have to change your expectations and accept what you have access to, or else you will keep finding an excuse not to exercise.
Make a plan, set goals and foster healthy habits in your daily routine!
There are many free online resources available to help you achieve your fitness goals. Check out some of our suggestions:
Changing habits and creating new routines is not easy. Start with these four steps:
1. Move and adjust your posture every 20-30 minutes while working at a desk.
2. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week.
3. Perform at least two strength training sessions per week.
4. Stretch daily to avoid injury.
Don't wait until the pandemic is over! Take this as an opportunity to make a meaningful, positive and lasting change in your life that extends beyond the present time.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) provides recommendations for daily activity: https://csepguidelines.ca/adults-18-64/
Wishing you WELL this long weekend!
The Well-being Task Force
Faculty of Medicine