Creighton wellness experts promote health at home

Creighton wellness experts promote health at home

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted much of daily life, including, for many, a regular exercise routine.

With many gyms across the country closed and public gatherings limited to no more than 10 people in observance of social distancing guidelines, Creighton University Recreation & Wellness is working to deliver programs that promote physical and mental health to students, faculty and staff who are sheltering at home. 

“The pandemic has been hard on people because they’re not in their normal routine, so everything they’ve had set up to be successful is a little bit off kilter right now,” says Amanda Robine, wellness coordinator with Creighton Wellness. “When you’re staying home, it’s important to keep as much of your regular routine as possible.”

The Recreation & Wellness team team has been posting home workouts regularly on its Instagram account, @creightonrec.

The Creighton Wellness team is also hosting Virtual Wake Up Workouts via Zoom from 6:45-7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The workouts are open to faculty and staff and those in their households. (Anyone interested in joining can email Robine at amandarobine [at] creighton [dot] edu).

For anyone looking for simple equipment to start their own home workout, Robine recommends purchasing a yoga mat and resistance bands, which are lightweight and useful in a variety of exercises.

For those used to lifting heavy weights in the gym, transitioning to bodyweight exercises may feel different, Robine says. The important thing is to keep up the habit of regular exercise.

“It will make you feel better,” she says. “It’s definitely better than doing nothing and losing all your progress.”

Creighton Wellness is also developing programming to encourage healthy eating, mindfulness and proper work-life balance during the pandemic.