Struggling with the lockdown? Your isolation challenges virtually solved!


With the world in lockdown mode, more and more people are waking up to the benefits of going virtual. But just how many everyday tasks can still be performed without even leaving home? Let’s dive into some of the most popular virtual solutions to the world’s health crisis.

1. Exercise classes

Being cooped up inside for 23 hours a day isn’t exactly good for the average person, so it’s no surprise that people are choosing to get active and work out more regularly during isolation periods. In fact, home fitness equipment sales have skyrocketed in the past few weeks, but you don’t need a treadmill to burn calories indoors – try a virtual fitness class instead!

With a huge range of online classes available, including interval training, abs challenges, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and more, you’ll be more than happy to rip up your gym pass and get fit from the comfort of your own living room instead.


2. Office work

Working from home definitely has its benefits – it’s better for the planet, it’s proven to increase productivity in most people and, of course, you can work in your favourite PJs!

That being said, the ‘WFH’ lockdown culture wouldn’t be possible without some virtual alternatives to everyday office tasks. Thanks to virtual meetings software, instant messaging platforms and online document sharing, companies can stay open for business whilst keeping their office doors closed.


3. Social gatherings

Bars, pubs and clubs might be off the table for now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be social! Thanks to dedicated platforms and mobile apps, we can talk face-to-face, day or night, locally or globally, without breaking any rules. Some apps even let you play online games and quizzes together whilst you video chat, so you never have to be without your Friday night pub quiz again.

Who’s got the snacks?


4. Business meetings

When you work in an industry that relies heavily on meeting and connecting with others, a global lockdown could be considered a bit of an obstacle. But will that stop the MICE industry from doing business? No way!

Here at M&I Forums, we’re working on extending our offering to incorporate a virtual offering, so our buyers and suppliers can continue connecting and doing high-quality business without even leaving home.

…but maybe swap your jammies for something smarter.


5. Leisure activities

For destinations that rely solely on foot traffic and regular visitation, like popular tourist attractions, leisure parks and entertainment districts, this situation is far from ideal. However, the leisure industry has had some majorly out-of-the-box lockdown ideas since the health crisis began.

Theatres have now started offering online streaming for pre-recorded performances of musicals, plays, pantomimes and more, and zoos have live-streamed feeding times with their most popular animals. Missing your favourite theme park? Head to YouTube and jump on board a virtual version of the biggest and best rides from all over the world! Sure, the thrill impact isn’t quite the same, but that’s where your creative thinking comes in!


Which of the virtual solutions mentioned above have you tried?