Let’s face it: it’s a fact. You might be a little heavier now than when the pandemic began. In the last year, your healthy eating habits may have halted. And you can’t recall the last time you saw a doctor.
People will have considerably fewer opportunities to be physically active. It is a result of these social distancing measures. Activities such as walking or cycling for transportation or participating in a leisurely activity are limited.
Furthermore, these severe steps make it far more convenient to be inactive at home for extended periods. The effects of this lack of exercise are likely to be felt in a variety of ways.
Fitness During The Times Of COVID-19
These social distancing tactics are crucial and necessary in this time. Our bodies and minds still require physical activity and the numerous benefits that it provides.
As proclaimed by Joseph Pilates,
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”.
Maintaining Fitness amongst the Restrictions
Given the current global scenario, certain benefits of physical activity may be particularly relevant to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
These advantages are as follows:• Physical activity improves immune function and decreases inflammation. Therefore, it may help to lessen the severity of illnesses.• It reduces common chronic diseases that put you at risk for COVID-19 infection (i.e. Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes).• It can help with stress management by reducing anxiety and depression symptoms.• Cortisol levels can be brought back into balance through physical activity. Cortisol levels are unbalanced as a result of stress and discomfort.
It’s Never too Late to Start!
Infected patients who had continuously met the required physical activity guidelines in a preceding couple of years had a significantly lower risk of having severe COVID-19. This is according to a study published in 2020.
Furthermore, COVID-19 patients who did not engage in as much physical exercise as suggested had a lower risk of acquiring the severe illness. It has positive outcomes than COVID-19 patients who were inactive on a regular basis.
Physical activity will be difficult for all of us during the COVID-19 epidemic. It is vital that we identify and prepare methods to remain active and limit our inactive time. Despite the fact that our mobility in our neighborhood, town, city, country and planet is limited, it is vital that we all move more and sit less.
Tie your shoelaces and get going
There is no such thing as a minimal amount of time to work out. It could be for 30 minutes, 20 minutes, five minutes, or even two minutes. Simply move more during the day. It all adds up in the end.
Try one of these activities to promote physical exercise during a period of social isolation and shelter-in-place:• Every day, take your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood. A brisk walk around the block can add 1,000 to 2,000 steps to your daily step total (2,000 steps is roughly one mile). To track and gradually increase your steps, use a daily step counter or a smartphone.• Take a ride on your bike. You do not require a high-priced bicycle. Older bikes with few gears can put a lot of strain on your muscles.• Up and down the stairwell. Either go up and down a flight of stairs inside the house or step up and down on a doorstep.• Make use of some simple free weights. For bicep curls or lateral arm lifts, use a vegetable can from your kitchen or a water bottle filled with mud or sand (lifting out to the side).• Take a free online course. During the shelter-in-place, many health clubs are streaming free workouts online. • Try a new exercise like Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong. It incorporates relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation techniques.• Everything is important. Look for opportunities!
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Keep up with the Better Days Ahead
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been interrupting our daily lives, we must not let it affect our personal fitness as first responders. Maintaining a physical fitness regimen can provide some benefits to help buffer those stressors. It is especially important at a time when stress and anxiety are at all-time highs for many emergency responders.
The improvement in mood brought on by moderate-intensity exercise can be a game-changer for our psyche. It is in addition to physically preparing us for work. Keep active, be creative, stay inspired, make fitness a priority, and always be safe when leaving the house!
In the words of Buddha:
“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear”.