COVID and The Importance of Physical Activity
At the moment there’s a worldwide pandemic which looms over us all, all the time. We should be being kind to ourselves during this time, and part of that is staying physically active. By looking at ourselves and keeping healthy, we’re starting to put one foot in front of the other and make progress in these unprecedented times.
The Importance of Keeping Active
Keeping active during this outbreak is good for both your physical health and your mental health.
Any amount of physical activity, even if it’s just a short walk around the block, will be good for you in the long run. During this outbreak, make sure you continue your regular exercises, such as local jogs or cycles. Of course, you need to bear physical distancing guidelines in mind, but as long as you keep safe, exercising is sure to do you good.
Continuing regular exercise is also great for your mental health. If you’re under lockdown, the temptation is to sit at home and do very little, catching up on Netflix series or reading that book you’ve been meaning to get around to. While this can also be good for your mental health, it won’t be in the long run. There have been any number of studies that show that getting out of the house for a little exercise can be incredibly valuable for your mental health – it allows you to distance yourself from your home and gain control of the hectic world around you.
How To Keep Active At This Time
There are two ways to keep active, both regularly and during this pandemic: at home and outdoors.
If you need to stay home at this time, then there are plenty of things you can get up to. Whether it’s more conventional household activities like gardening or cleaning, or whether you start doing some simple strength and balance activities, it’s all good. Now might be a great time to invest in a small set of weights which can help you make real, visible progress in a relatively short amount of time.
Of course, you can still go outside, you just need to bear a few things in mind. The big two are maintaining social distance and using your own equipment.
Keeping socially distanced may be easy when you’re jogging through a local park, but it may be a little more difficult if you’re at the gym. We are offering outside classes. Contact us for more information.
Using your own equipment may sound obvious at first – who else’s bike are you going to use? But think about going to the gym. Both the free weights and the machines are used communally by every member of that gym. Try to avoid the gym as much as you can, and if you have to go then make sure you’re washing your hands regularly, and avoid touching your face and mouth.
Keeping active is important during this pandemic for everyone out there, so make sure to consider what you can do to help yourself today.