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The Better U Program Series Adapts to the Pandemic

May 1, 2020

Chapter #3 - Rising Up To New Challenges 

As COVID-19 began forcing mandatory shutdowns of businesses and daily routines, Lynne and her partners in the Better U Program had to adapt the program so as not to skip a beat.

As an essential business it has been all hands on deck for our representatives at First Source. Lynne is an integral part of our Member Services Team and when branch lobbies closed for safety, she quickly shifted to helping field calls and aid our members remotely.

This brought a change in schedule and job responsibilities, which added layers of stress along with trying to keep up with the Better U Program. But Lynne rose to the challenge. While she was unable to join the group for some initiatives, Lynne continued on her own to take daily walks and follow workout routines, as well as stick to her new dietary rules and food journaling.

Due to the social distancing demands, each participant is now partnered up with a buddy. Lynne likes this as it helps to have one person to know you can lean on for emotional support. She and her buddy are both essential employees navigating work and the Better U Program so it’s a good fit.

Lynne is back on track with virtual group sessions. Workouts continue with guest trainers. “The virtual workouts have been wonderful,” said Lynne. “Each Tuesday evening we have a different instructor. LaBlast was so much fun. Learning dance moves as a workout, we worked our entire muscle group and the time went by fast. We have had several yoga classes, and Pilates too. I enjoy these workouts and being able to see everyone. Even through a computer screen, it’s great.”

“We are participating in a step challenge called ‘Stridekick’ till the end of the month. Currently we are trying to accomplish at least 8,000 steps per day. I am proud to say I am above 10,000 daily. I am walking three times a day approximately 3.5 to 5 miles (pending the day and weather) so I already have in over 61,000 steps!”

“There are also added morning workout sessions. The program instructors have been wonderful trying to help us through this virtually to stay on track. I have been attending all of the sessions. We did a type of deep stretching yoga which was really different. We had to breathe into long poses. I felt surprisingly refreshed and energized. After the workouts we’ve been doing, my body appreciated the stretching.”

Like Lynne, you too can workout at home with virtual tools. From yoga, to pilates, to CrossFit exercises and more, there is plethora of free videos and routines online to help you stay fit while the gyms are closed. Springtime also offers us all the chance to walk, bike or jog outside. Take advantage of these to be a better you!

Stay tuned for the next installment of our Better U Program Series!

 

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