by Christian Joseph S. Baluyot, RND

At the continuous peak of the pandemic, alternative working arrangements for professionals and skilled workers alike has been applied to comply to the safety guidelines against COVID-19 while still efficiently performing and meeting the demands of their respective jobs. The onset of the new normal posed a few risks in terms of the overall health and nutritional status of the working Filipinos in general. Aside from the access and actual intake of food, exercise has been different from the pre-pandemic period to what we are having now. From the open spaces in the parks and urban roads for walking and jogging, we are enclosed in the four walls of our homes while having hours of our days sitting in front of our “home office” and going through the day without even stretching or sweating a bit.

Some people may have the luxury of time to exercise a little but more often than not, they end up sitting for more hours for their work or leisure. This is exemplifying what we call “an exercising couch potato”. The dangers of the sedentary lifestyle have been longstanding and unaddressed by primary healthcare providers. In Functional Medicine, this sedentary lifestyle is viewed not only as a lifestyle problem but also a contributing factor in the risk of developing chronic diseases mainly focused on heart complications and metabolic disorders like Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. To dive deep into the rewarding benefits of exercise, here are the TOP 3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EXERCISE EVEN IF YOU ARE WORKING FROM HOME.

Aside from the reaping benefits of exercise, maintaining a good support system to help us in handling the anxiety, panics, and stress may positively affect how we deal with the pros and cons of working from home. More than the usual weight loss targets of those engaged in physical activity, there is a good set of beneficial effects that a simple, regular, and consistent exercise may bring as we battle COVID-19.

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