We have now been in lockdown for several weeks and let’s face it, it has been challenging in many ways for many people. Whether you are trying to juggle working at home and childcare and trying to home school or live alone and are feeling the effects of isolation, everyone has had to adapt.
May is National Walking Month and we have been sharing the benefits of physical activity and motivating our fellow colleagues to get active through our CCRS Walking Bingo Game and sharing pictures of our walks and adventures near our homes.
A sedentary lifestyle is not good for your physical and mental health so staying active during this difficult time is important. Physical exercise has many benefits including lowering blood pressure, strengthens the heart, improves your mood and eases joint pain (plus many more). You don’t need to be trying to run a marathon, a daily walk will do wonders for your overall wellbeing.
Scott McLaws, one of our Senior Account Directors, has also been sharing with us how he and his family have been keeping active during lockdown. Like many of us, Scott and his family are juggling working from home with two young children so fitting in time for exercise can be a challenge. There are a few ways in which he tries to fit in some exercise.
They have bought a punch bag and exercise bike to replace going to the gym, but you don’t need to have equipment to get moving. The family have been going out walks together in the afternoon and Scott’s older son Carter has been taking part in Joe Wick’s PE lessons – Scott even joins him when he can!
A few weeks ago, Scott took part in the ‘Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5’ Run for Heroes challenge which is an excellent fundraising effort which has raised over £5million for NHS Charities Together. Although Scott completed the challenge, he wasn’t too happy with his time. He realised he wasn’t as fit as he would like to be. Since then, Scott has challenged himself to go out a run 3-4 times a week (he fits this in in the evening just after the kid’s bedtime) and in just 3 weeks has improved his time by 3.5 minutes! Well done Scott!
Running might not be your thing, but setting yourself goals, however small, is a great way to keep yourself motivated. So, if you’ve been meaning to go daily walks, or start running or a new online fitness class, give it a go! You won’t regret it!