#StayHome but Stay
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At Hyundai we have always seen movement as a basic human need. Even before COVID-19, there were sections of society for whom mobility was a challenge. And that’s why we developed mobility innovations that went beyond the automobile. In 2017 we created wearable robots to help the elderly and the physically impaired to walk, even when their legs failed them.
Fast forward to 2020 and the onset of COVID-19 has threatened not just the physical
mobility of not just the elderly and disabled, but everyone in society. We can no longer
enjoy beach volleyball, embark on marathons or dance the tango with a loved one. Yet still
we are finding new ways to keep our bodies mobile.
And movement has never been so important. Exercise is not just about getting a perfect six pack. It is proven to keep our immune system strong, less susceptible to infections and better able to recover from illness. And in these challenging times, it’s also a valuable form of therapy. Moving the body helps us work out frustration and anxiety. And on a scientific level, moving your body is also about increasing happiness. Exercising has been proven to stimulate the production of endorphins - our ‘happy hormones’ in the brain, acting as mood elevators and natural painkillers.
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen an explosion of accessible exercise options appear, from virtual workouts to PT bots to solitary park runs. Many of these exercises don’t require pricey memberships or fancy equipment and are highly accessible online. People are working with what they already have, whether that’s working out with milk cartons or weightlifting your nearest toddler. And so many movements, from butt kicks to burpees to jumping jacks - only require one thing: you.
Of course, there are many of us who don’t have the time or space to indulge in exercise classes, but there are still simple ways to keep mobile. The World Health Organisation’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity can be integrated into simple daily activities, like climbing the stairs, walking the dog, or dancing whilst you do the washing up.
As the initial shock of the virus is subsiding and we are finding our new rhythm, we are once again reminded that even when mobility is severely threatened, there will always be innovative ways for us to stay mobile. Even with the toughest restrictions, our willpower and collective creativity will continue to keep not just our bodies moving, but also humanity moving. After all, where there is a will to move, there is a way.
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