Hello again and welcome back to the Innate Wellness Program. We feel it’s timely that we re-engage with you all as we unfortunately enter lockdown 2.0. Having the benefit of hindsight, we all know how hard it is to again be limited in our movements within our own communities. It’s challenging physically, mentally and emotionally and so it’s fundamental that we continue to focus on promoting good health and fitness.
This week I am excited to bring you a discussion on the importance of having strong gluteal muscles. Whilst many of us have been quite active during isolation, others have become more sedentary. This can cause weakness and muscle imbalances that may lead to injury. So before we head back to the gym when they reopen shortly, I thought I would have a discussion with you about the core and give you some basic exercises on how to strengthen them at home. I spoke to Chiropractor Anna Kennedy from Macedon Chiropractic who put together this exert for you.
We’re all breathing a sigh of relief as the country begins easing restrictions; how nice was it to see some family members again! I hope that we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown and be liberated to do more as the weeks go by… So as we start to re-engage in our communities and emerge from ‘hibernation’, we’re now seeing lots of data from our time in lockdown. During previous blogs we discussed nutrition and last week we talked about the second wave of chronic illness that will emerge from how we lived our lives during isolation. We now have some interesting statistics on what really went down during lockdown…..
It’s official, our lifestyles have had a forced overhaul since lockdown. Life as we knew it changed overnight and that included what we were putting in our mouths! Now I’m sure all of you are having a chuckle thinking yep – I’ve definitely tweaked my diet a little…… Well here’s some data straight from the companies that are bringing food to our doors. According to Deliveroo, our go-to lockdown meal has been fish and chips. Their data reveals that in the last month, deliveries for take away ‘fish n chips’ were up 597%! It was also the top rated search on their app. You will also feel validated in knowing that ice cream sales have gone up by 139% too…. 😊
There is a feeling of positivity this week as we see a huge amount of testing across Victoria and overtly busier shopping centres and public places. When coronavirus first hit our shores, there was a lot of hysteria. From a health perspective I recall ambulance bays being turned in to triage areas – there were hoards of people presenting to Emergency Departments to get tested as people felt vulnerable and ill-equiped to deal with COVID-19. Once the health authorities realised how contagious the disease was and modelling showed exponential growth if we didn’t intervene, we were rapidly thrust into isolation.
Breathe in……Breathe out – have you been taking a moment to re-connect during isolation? The world is embracing meditation as a way to decompress and allow the mind to focus on a single thought. Now I already hear a collective sigh and a plethora of excuses being thrown around -"I don't have time to meditate," or "I can't sit still long enough," or best one yet - "it’s boring!" Well I empathise with you because that was me not long ago......... Fast forward a few weeks and several podcasts later and here I am meditating daily (I even have my husband on board!). Now if you’re thinking this is not for me, maybe you could reconsider….. What if I told you going for a walk can be a form of meditation?
When we lose routine, we can get bored and turn to food as a form of ‘entertainment.’ In my earlier blog, we discussed the benefits of a nutrient dense diet in order to maintain health and immunity. Now generally when we’re going to work or school, our day is pretty structured and most of us are also routine around meals. But have you noticed that you've been wanting to snack more now that we're all spending a lot more time at home? Why is this??
We all seem to be getting into the rhythm of social isolation, adapting to what has become the new ‘norm.’ I have had some lovely feedback from you all regarding the Innate Wellness Program and I’m so pleased that we have been able to work with you all in this unique time. Hopefully we’ve been able to alleviate some tension by enabling you to continue to work out - I’m not sure about you but I’m a much nicer person to be around when I have done some exercise……….!
All this social distancing, despite being challenging/repetitive/isolating/mind-numbingly boring - is helping mitigate spread. I’ve even done a few novel things like tackling some bike ramps with my son as we find innovative ways to pass the time at home. As a family, we have certainly been more engaged, indulging in some epic games of monopoly…. Some future investors in the making perhaps???
We have recognised that in this time, your financial, physical and mental health may all be compromised. I’ll leave it up to Innate to navigate your financial affairs however we would love to collaborate so that we can help cater for your physical and mental health too. So without further ado, I present our first blog which has some advice on how to traverse self-isolation.