The whole world is currently going through a time that none of us have lived through before. With the ever changing restrictions being placed on us to ensure our health is best looked after, we are faced with new challenges and hurdles in our daily routines.
The government and experts are constantly reminding us that being physically and mentally active during this time is crucial in maintaining a healthy mindset to get us through to the other side. Luckily we live in a world with advanced technology that still allows us to do many of the things we used to, but just in a slightly different way.
Did you have a running event planned over the next few months? If yes, still go out and do it!
In March we saw the cancellation of running events including Run For This Kids, Duncan’s Run and the Melbourne MS Walk, Run & Roll. Although technically “cancelled”, these events still took place virtually. Participants were encouraged to complete their runs in their own neighbourhoods, submit their results or post a photograph on social media, and then were still sent a finishers medal. So before you stop your training, check with your scheduled events as you may be able to still complete your run.
Social running groups are also getting behind the virtual trend, with many using social media and running apps such as Strava to keep people motivated and connected. And not to mention the accessible list of meditation/yoga live streams and videos to help keep your mind clear and reduce any stress or anxiety you may be feeling.
As long as we are keeping active, previous and new injuries may present. Remember to be sensible with your training. If you are new to running, or looking at increasing your distance, do it at small increments (about 10%) whether that be intensity, duration or frequency.
Allied health practitioners are on essential service and are still operating during this difficult time. All of our staff are highly trained in infection control and are providing safe environments for clinical appointments.
However, if you prefer to be in the comfort of your own home, telehealth services are also available, enabling you to have access to healthcare through digital information and communication technologies. Contact your preferred health care provider to find out more information about these services.
During this self isolation period it is so important to look after yourself – so keep active, practice mindfulness and seek health assistance when needed, we are here to help!