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Bored at Home? Virtual Health and Fitness Classes May Be the Cure

Garden City Patch reports participation in the virtual health and wellness offerings at HSS has increased almost 500 percent since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinars offered on Zoom or via conference call have garnered nationwide interest and run from an hour-long discussion on managing chronic pain to seven-week sessions in yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi.

"HSS is a recognized leader in musculoskeletal health, and the online offerings help us continue to honor our commitment to promote health, fitness and quality of life. All instructors are credentialed HSS staff members," said Robyn Wiesel, associate director of Public & Patient Education at HSS. "Our lectures and workshops aim to educate and give participants a sense of community, and our exercise classes help them maintain or enhance their fitness level."

Additionally, the ability to take control over our health in the midst of the pandemic is empowering and can also reduce stress, explained Julia M. Kim, PhD, psychologist at HSS. "Physical movement is not only great for your body, but also for your mind and emotions. It helps to release stressful or unwanted energy in a healthy way, allowing for muscle tension to release,” said Dr. Kim.

Read the full article at Patch.com/new-york/gardencity.com.