Linen Quarter’s Virtual Health Week 2020
If like everyone, you’re currently working from home, hitting the snooze button after a late-night of binge watching TV and hoping your furry friends will start to talk back, well think again as we launch Linen Quarter’s Virtual Health Week – giving you an opportunity to keep fit, remain healthy and stay connected.
Due to the current pandemic we were unable to bring you Health Week in association with many LQ business partners, so we thought what better way than to promote our Health Week online and encourage you and your family to get involved.
Staying active is one of the hardest parts of this quarantine, but maybe one of the most essential, keeping your mind and body healthy.Fortunately, many LQ businesses are creating virtual spaces for you to do just that. You can now take online classes that will help you stay active and follow social distancing guidelines – there’s also a recipe or two for you to try at home, and insightful articles on how to stay motivated and positive – after all we’re all experiencing this together.
Check out what’s on below and get fit, get healthier and get involved:
Monday 29th March
Article on how to maintain good mental health when at home. We have selected our top 10 for you to give a go. See article here: https://linenquarter.org/news-events/news/10-things-to-do-at-home-to-maintain-good-mental-health/
Article on the benefits of walking and cycling in order to improve physical health: https://linenquarter.org/news-events/news/walking-or-cycling-your-way-to-physical-health/
9Round Fitness located on Franklin Street, have created a short HIIT exercise with no equipment needed! HIIT training is not only beneficial in burning calories quickly, but also improves oxygen consumption and reduces blood sugar and pressure. See link workout: https://www.facebook.com/9RoundBelfast/photos/a.265737884333642/501596004081161/?type=3&theater
Tuesday 30th March
Anytime Fitness Tutorials are now live and will encourage you to do a full body workout at home. Virtual class timetables will change each week, so click here to stay up to date: Check out this lower body workout here: https://www.facebook.com/AnytimeFitnessBelfast/videos/207929783866569/?hc_ref=ARTRFjFJ4YJRDaGVgA22EyKAFnQGs6RW35pEE2oJU7FZs0dsLem9yU4KGqkO1TYlQ6g&
It’s all well and good exercising with these fantastic home workouts- but you need to fuel your body with good food. Luckily, our very own Niall McKenna from James St. has released some of his top-secret recipes for us to try our hand throughout the coming weeks.
From a classic Tomato soup to Spicy Beef Noodles with Green Beans -why not brush up on your cooking skills? Check out this delicious lunch recipe: https://www.jamesstandco.com/news/83/kale-spaghetti-and-sweet-potato
Pure Gym on Adelaide Street have talks lined up with experts including Dr Sarah Hattam, on topics such as sleep, mindfulness and stress. It’s important we look after our mental health when at home, so see link here for live chats with the team and stay up to date with class timetables too which will change each week: https://www.facebook.com/puregym/
Wednesday 31st March
It’s important to stay connected and communicate with others when working from home. Read the following article and find out ways to do so: https://linenquarter.org/news-events/news/the-importance-of-staying-connected/
Many businesses and people are becoming more aware of the need to create healthy and sustainable built environments. and with a sustainable vision at LQ BID’s core, read how you can get involved here with sustainable lifestyle changes that include more walking, cycling and use of low-emission public transport: https://linenquarter.org/news-events/news/air-pollution/
Stuck on what to cook for dinner this evening, take a look at this yummy dish by Niall McKenna, owner and top chef at James Street restaurant. https://www.jamesstandco.com/news/94/spiced-chicken-with-sweet-potato
Thursday 1st April
Don’t fancy cereal and toast this morning? Then why not take a little inspiration from Niall, who has cooked up a delicious breakfast recipe for us to have a go at making from home. Click here to try the healthy and hearty recipe out yourself: https://www.facebook.com/niall.mckenna.718/posts/3824071744277207
Puregym Mobility and Stretching session – an important workout for those working from home. It’s essential to keep a good posture when working from a make-shift office at home, this keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly. Check out the class here: https://www.facebook.com/Puregym/
Looking to break a sweat in the evening and build up the energy to enjoy a better night’s sleep? Check out this self-led HITT workout. Make it 20 minutes or 30 minutes, you decide and push yourself with the challenge. Click here to view workout: https://www.facebook.com/anytimefitness/photos/a.128845497141732/4428826440476928/?type=3&theater
Friday 2nd April
Kick off your Friday with this fantastic 6 Move Countdown workout from the team at 9Round Belfast. With a library of virtual workouts, there’s something for everyone looking to stay active at home. Click link here to workout: https://www.facebook.com/9RoundBelfast/photos/a.265737884333642/501594390747989/?type=3&theater
Pure Gym provide great workouts from their virtual class timetable available online. Why not give legs, bums and tums a go? You’ll feel refreshed and have more energy in the afternoon. Keep up to date with their timetable here: https://www.facebook.com/puregym/photos/a.648207061885632/3181350968571216/?type=3&theater
Ways to feel less ‘alone’ at the weekend when not connected to work colleagues is essential to relieve the stress brought on by the pandemic and the 24-hour news cycle that comes along with it. Social distancing doesn’t necessarily mean being alone. Since it’s difficult to link up with friends and family in person, schedule a brunch or happy hour with unlimited smoothies on a video-based chat service like Zoom, Skype, House party or FaceTime. Or why not explore a virtual arts experience? Click here for inspiration: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/culture-in-quarantine