Hi from Excel Physio and Wellness! In these uncertain times, things change quickly. While we are only gradually moving back to into the workplace, we’ve noticed that our clients, patients and friends are rapidly heading back to the gym.
Most of us have gained a few kilo’s during the lockdown and there’s no doubt that with that comes a feeling of sluggishness. It is no wonder we’re eager to shake off the sloth and pick up where we left off with our workout routines pre-COVID-19.
The problem is that ‘de-conditioning’ during the lockdown down puts us all at a higher risk of injury.
Let’s explore why that is:
We know that for every week of bed rest we lose between five and eight per-cent of muscle mass in the quadriceps. Now, most of us haven’t been on bed rest (thank goodness…), but after four months of staying indoors, most of us will have some, if not all, of the following:
- muscle atrophy (wasting, weakness and degeneration)
- tendon and muscle stiffness
- altered reaction time and balance capability
- reduced oxygenation and hydration of the tissues
- in some cases reduced bone density.
Of course, this has all been made worse by the poor ergonomics of home offices – dining chairs and dining tables shared with flatmates, partners and children make for challenging workplaces.