These are unprecedented times and many companies including CareerWise are being forced to introduce social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Many people suddenly find themselves working from home at the last minute and many are doing so for the first time.
As a company we are fortunate to have some very robust strategies already in place to make sure our employees are able to continue business as normal with the odd adjustment. However, it should be said, going remote is not just about software tools, policies and practices, it is about your mental approach and attitude to the situation.
In a time when keeping our immunity is of the utmost importance, and at time when it is so important to prioritise safety and social distancing there’s no better opportunity to take part in home workout classes to ensure we stay fit throughout the coming weeks.
Not only will working out maintain your fitness levels, but it will also increase your endorphins and help maintain strong mental health throughout this uncertain time.
WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. We are fortunate that we are still allowed to go for a walk/run once you are adhering to social distancing guidelines. However, between streaming services, online resources and fitness apps, there is a world of guidance out there for us to excercise in our own homes. Most workouts can be done with a mat and your own body weight as resistance, with the option to level up with weights, resistance bands etc.
So as many of us settle in to work from home for the foreseeable future, please make the time to take care of your mental and physical health. I know working from home with children brings an added complexity, so be sure to get them involved and try to make it as fun as possible. Exercise offers huge benefits even with just a small amount of effort. It’s not necessary for you to find 30 continuous minutes for working out. You’ll get just as much benefit if you break your exercise into small chunks and up the intensity. Try 10 minutes before you start work, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes after work and if you have kids, by exercising you also set a great example.
Stay home, stay safe, keep those hands washed and we’ll all get through this together!
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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