BACKGROUND: Prolonged home stays due to the COVID-19 quarantine can increase the use of computers and other technologies that may lead to significant reduction in activity, contributing to musculoskeletal problems, anxiety and depression .
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a novel multicomponent exercise program for individuals who work with computers during the COVID-19 quarantine .
METHODS: Researchers collaborating cross-institutionally and cross-nationally performed a careful literature search for exercise and stretching regiments with particular attention to methodologies that can be applied during the lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic . Methodologies were then compiled and truncated for ease of use for the computer-based office worker during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine .
RESULTS: The resulting program is broken down into three categories: aerobic, strengthening and stretching components . Each component can then be further modified to meet the frequency, intensity, time and type (FITT) specifications for the participant .
CONCLUSIONS: We present a novel, evidence-based strategy for functional fitness for office workers who have remained home-bound during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine . Further research should seek to validate the efficacy of the proposed protocol.