How Isolation Could Be Impacting Your Body

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Stop those aches and pains

All of a sudden, you’re moaning and groaning when you get out of bed and not just because the alarm went off. Poor posture, lack of movement and not exercising can cause circulation to slow and muscles and joints to seize up creating a real musculoskeletal impact. “A sluggish blood flow reduces the availability of vital nutrients and oxygen to the joints and metabolites and waste products aren’t cleared away as easily making for swollen joints and a stiffer feeling,” continues Joshi.

Practice Pilates moves like ‘cat and cow’ flexion and extensions and the plank to help strengthen your core. It’s also worth giving yourself a desk assessment – are you looking down at your screen or is it at eye level (where it should be) and what are your arms doing? If your elbows are at 90 degrees when you’re typing, well done, if not, you may need to readjust as you’ll be compromising your neck, back and shoulders leading to more aches and pains.

Stretching and foam rolling are another good idea – for every hour of exercise you should do ten minutes of rolling, so even if you’re only doing half an hour, that still means five minutes a day. Finally, flip your mattress. You don’t realise how much of an imprint you leave so by turning it regularly you get a new area to lie on which could prevent stiffness come morning.

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