A Northern Ireland physiotherapist has urged people to ensure they are looking after their bodies during lockdown to avoid long-term injury.
Physical fitness may not have been top of everyone's list over the past two months with gyms closed, and for those working from home, their desk has probably been the kitchen table, sofa or even bed.
Fionnuala Sayers, clinical specialist physiotherapist with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, said people stuck at home at this time need to remember the key message - keep moving frequently - to prevent problems developing post-lockdown.
"We know there are benefits to being active and moving that people will lose when they are at home," she said.
"Routines have generally been disrupted so they haven't been getting out as much during the day. If people are working at home, there isn't the same change of position as there would be if they were in their normal work area, such as simple things like walking to meet a colleague or going to the canteen for lunch.
"With that routine gone, it's very difficult for people to exercise as normal."
Health experts have long warned that people who spend long hours in front of the computer are at a higher risk of developing injuries in both the upper and lower body. Fionnuala said one key area for those working from home is ensuring their computer or laptop is always at eye level, even if that means having it raised up on books.
She added: "Really, if people can work from a table they should and change their position regularly.
"Their elbows should be at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor.
"It's best not to sit on a sofa when working but if there's no alternative then use cushions to improve posture.
"When setting up a work station at home, people should move often and take plenty of mini-breaks so that they don't sit for too long at any one time, be it making a cup of coffee, going to the bathroom or taking a short walk around their house or garden."
Fionnuala has a similar message around staying active for the elderly or vulnerable who are shielding at this time.
"There are a lot of people with conditions like arthritis who will be finding their affected joints stiffer because they are staying in one position for too long.
"If your posture is poor, your back and neck are vulnerable to injury and staying in a bad position for too long can also impact on your mood. Staying inside for too long and not being outdoors can equally affect your sleep and energy levels.
"A lot of the patients we are treating at the minute say that being stuck at home means they can't get the exercise they need to help manage the symptoms of their condition.
"If we can get people to set things up quite well for themselves while at home and move regularly, we may prevent new problems arising further down the line and assist those with pre-existing issues who are trying to manage their symptoms."
With gyms currently closed, Fionnuala said walking is the easiest and most inexpensive activity for people of all ages to do as part of their daily exercise, and she has warned against doing too much too soon when facilities reopen again, to avoid injuries.
Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing can be found at www.nhs.uk/live-well
Fionnuala's top tips for staying well:
l Move regularly in any way you can.
l Try to take some exercise daily (close to home and following social distancing rules).
l Check your workstation.
l Connect with friends/family by phone or social media.
l Eat healthy, well balanced meals, stay well hydrated and get plenty of sleep.