Staying Active and Healthy While at Home
July 19, 2021
Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, D.P.T., M.H.S., WCS, College of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Institute
While the current virtual work environment has changed our daily routines, it is important to remain as active as possible. Moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a better immune system, lower levels of anxiety, and decreased stress. All of which are especially important during this unprecedented time.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week or about 20 minutes per day. Try to schedule a time for a walk each day or take small breaks-throughout your workday to achieve your goals.
As physical therapists, we recommend certain steps when it comes to your work setup. Since June, the Physical Therapy Institute has seen an increase in patients with back and neck pain from working virtually. Movement, stretching, strengthening, and paying attention to the computer set up are key to treating these conditions. We recommend that you try to keep the top border of your monitor at eye level with your keyboard close to your body and elbows at 90 degrees. Be sure to sit upright with your feet planted on the floor.
Sources: American College of Sports Medicine https://www.acsm.org/read-research/newsroom/news-releases/news-detail/2020/08/07/acsm-publishes-call-to-action-addressing-covid-19-and-return-to-sports-and-physical-activity