By Stephanie Lam
Now that every meeting and event is held virtually over Zoom, people are starting to feel physically and mentally drained from staring at their computer screen. It can be difficult for people to stretch their arms and legs during virtual meetings, especially if they are required to be on camera. Here are some exercises you can do in between Zoom sessions to make you feel more physically and mentally refreshed.
This is a good stretch to do after sitting in your chair all day. Mountain climbers stretch out your thighs and calves and increase blood flow in your lower body.
Step 1: Place yourself in a standard push up position.
Step 2: Bring your knee towards your chest, making sure it is directly under your hip.
Step 3: Place your knee back in a push-up position, and then quickly move the other knee up. Continue to alternate your knees for about 20 or 30 times.
Squatting helps to stretch your gluteus maximus and build your leg muscles. Do this exercise when your lower body starts to feel sore or cramped.
Step 1: Begin by standing with your feet hip-width apart
Step 2: Stretch out your arms in front of you to balance yourself, and then push your hips down as if you are sitting in a chair.
Step 3: Push yourself up into a standing position. Repeat 20 times. When you go back down, make sure your knees don’t go over your toes
3. Lateral Bounds
Lateral bounds are side-to-side exercises that resemble the movement of speed skaters.
Step 1: Stand on one leg, then sink your hips back and shift your weight sideways to the other leg.
Step 2: Swing your arms to follow the direction of your side-ways hop to keep your momentum going.
Step 3: Repeat 15 times.
1. Do a chore or activity that is off-screens
In between Zoom classes or meetings, make yourself get up and do something active. Even if the activity is as simple as watering the plants, or putting clothes in the dryer, it can give you a much-needed break from the computer.
2. Close your eyes and take ten deep breaths
This is a basic breathing technique, but it is effective for calming down nerves or anxieties that come with the fast-paced environment of Zoom classes. Your eyes can also start to feel irritated when you stare at a computer for too long. Closing your eyes while breathing in and out can help relax and rejuvenate them.
Stephanie Lam is an editorial intern who likes finding unique ways to write about culture, fashion and lifestyle.