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With coronavirus seeing many of us without a physical commute to work or access to gyms or fitness centres, we’re having to rethink how we build movement and exercise into our daily routine. But it doesn’t have to mean renting a treadmill or spin bike, for AFLW player and ANZ employee, Meg Downie it’s about adjustment and improvisation.
“I've had to roll with the punches and find some new routines in this new environment,” she says. “I've managed to interweave physical exercise and find a good balance between work and football.”
“I've made a couple of adjustments around my working schedule and ANZ offers me some really great flexibility. So I make the most of that but I'm used to having access to a really well-equipped gym and great facilities for running. So I've had to be very creative in terms of how I've used some different pieces of equipment to do my weights. At the moment, I'm actually using a piece of a piece of wood to do some squats and some lunges.”
For ANZ’s Group Executive Institutional, Mark Whelan, exercise is really important in maintaining a balanced lifestyle and says now more than ever it’s important for our overall wellbeing.
Prior to COVID Mark trained at the gym at work before 6am but as facilities closed he also had to adapt. “My body clock was waking up and I'd go into the office, but I wouldn't exercise I'd just start work. And so I found I was getting really pretty flat over that. So now I'm exercising at home,” he says. “It's really important to me that I get that done because I find I'm significantly more effective. Things get done quickly.”
Paralympian and Gold Medallist, Dylan Alcott says physical activity is a must. “I've been very lucky that throughout the lockdown, I've been able to play tennis. But when I had a six week break where I couldn't have a hit, I missed it so much. It made me realise how important it is to me, how important it is to get out and be active. It helps me become the best version of me,” he says.
Do it your way
Encouraging people to exercise in whatever way they can Dylan says, “Everybody can do exercise or movement in their own way. You've got to stay within your own capabilities or whatever you can do. But there are so many different ways you can get out and about and do things.
“If you want to call your best mate rather than sit on the couch and call him, just walk around the block and call. And you might think that that's not actually doing anything. But in terms of your physical well-being, your organs, everything, your mental capacity, your mindfulness, everything will improve if you do that,” he says.