Exercise plays an important role in both your physical and mental health.
While you might not be able to go to the gym or your local pool, or attend pulmonary rehabilitation or Lungs in Action classes at the moment, it’s still really important to keep your body moving and maintain your exercise habits.
If you’re not used to exercising at home it may feel a little strange and daunting and you might find it hard to stay motivated. There are lots of ways that you can fit simple exercises into your daily routine without even realising you’re working out. We’re here to help you stay on track.
Our Pulmonary Exercise Manager and Exercise Physiologist, Emma is hosting an at-home exercise series to help you maintain movement. The series will take you step-by-step through simple exercises that can be completed at home with objects found around the house. Join us for the first video in the series as Emma takes you through a simple armchair exercise routine you can do while watching television.
Updated Government Regulations
Lung Foundation Australia strongly supports the new social distancing restrictions announced by the Federal Government on 29 March 2020. Under the new restrictions people over 70, or over 60 living with a pre-existing condition, or indigenous people aged over 50 are to stay home wherever possible for their own protection.
Now is the time to prioritise your health and practice social distancing precautions. We encourage you to utilise home delivery services where available and ask your family and friends to help pick up essential supplies for you. For more information, see here.
Living With a Lung Condition and Working
We encourage all Australians living with a lung condition to prioritise their health at this time. If you are living with a lung condition and are unable to work from home, speak with your employer about the measures that are being put in place to protect employees. Visit the Safe Work Australia website for advice for workers, along with information for employers and preparing workplaces.
Free COVID-19 App
The Australian Government developed a free COVID-19 app to keep the community informed on the most recent virus-related updates. The app, Coronavirus Australia, includes helpful resources such as a symptom checker, advice and current news.
You can also register to receive updates through the Australian Government Whatsapp group. For more information and to download the app, visit the website here.
Exercise Safety Guidelines
If you’re taking part in our free at-home exercise series over the coming weeks, we encourage you to read our guide, Exercise Safety Guidelines.
The guide will help you ensure you’re exercising safely and getting the most out of the series by adjusting the exercises based on how you’re feeling.
Read the guide, here.
COVID-19 Door Poster
We developed a poster for individuals living with a lung condition which you can hang on your front door to remind visitors of the extra precautions they need to take if visiting your home. This poster signals that an individual living with a lung condition resides there and is at increased risk of serious infection. To download your copy, please click here.
Maintaining Healthy Habits
If you’re wondering how to keep up your healthy habits during this time with limited options available at the grocery store, we’re here to help.
Our Respiratory Care Nurse, Nicole shared her tips and advice on how to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet.
To read Nicole’s advice, click here.
We’re Here For You
Remember our Information and Support Centre staff are available to connect you with resources and support services to help you during this time. Also keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.
Our Information and Support Centre is open Monday to Friday 8:00am-4:30pm (QLD).