Mother, father and small daughter holding hands and walking their dog in park

Exercise, now more than ever, is important to help maintain your mental and physical health. While some folks have no problem waking up at the crack of dawn to get in their workout, others may have a more difficult time rolling out of bed and onto the treadmill. Still, there are ways you can work a workout into your day without breaking a sweat! Here are several ways to get your blood flowing during, in between and after your next Zoom session!

Stand Up & Hydrate

If you are teaching, sitting on virtual calls or tied to a deadline, be sure to get up from your desk every 30-60 minutes and grab a glass of water. While you’re up, do some quick stretches to get you going. Check out 3 Stretches, 3 Movements from VEBA Resource Center’s Health Coach and Nutritionist, Teresa Guglielmo.

Walk & Talk

If your schedule is booked solid, try walking and talking! Instead of sitting down for your calls, grab your headset, stand up and walk around the room. Your multi-tasking will help increase blood flow to the brain and help you stay focused. Plus, you’ll get in some extra steps! 

Movement on the Mat

Grab your exercise mat and unroll it in your office or living room floor for a quick stretching session, core workout or balance exercise. Stretching out after sitting all morning will wake up your body and get your blood circulating. Plus, it will feel great!

‘Om’ Gonna to Take a Break

In between calls or classes, do a quick yoga series, such as a gentle 15-minute flow. You’ll feel less stressed, and will also be boosting your immune system which will help you stay healthy!

Get Outdoors!

Sometimes, a change of scenery is enough to get you motivated to move. During your lunch break or right after school, try getting outside for a quick walk or bike ride. Make it a family affair and take the dog. Or, if you have access to a pool, jump in with the kids. Put your green thumb in action and give your garden some love. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’ll find that the fresh air will do your body good!

Scheduling a solid workout may seem daunting right now. By incorporating these small exercises throughout your day, you will be giving your body and mind a boost it needs to help you stay focused. Visit the VEBA Resource Center’s Movement playlist for more exercises to incorporate into your daily routine.