The importance of keeping active during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I hope you and your loved ones are well.
How life has changed. The new ‘normal’ is seeing friends and family from a safe, social distance, juggling home-schooling and work, and wearing a protective face mask to the shops. Who could’ve imagined this strange world we are living in?
From how we shop, to how we communicate with friends and family, to how we fill our days, we have been forced to adapt nearly every aspect of our lives.
Personally, and you may know this already, exercise is a real passion of mine, so I’ve thrown myself into an array of virtual exercise classes in order to keep fit and active (and to help pass the time!).
There are though, other, more serious, reasons to stay fit and active during Covid-19. It’s been widely publicised that people living with obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCD), such as cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes, are at an increased risk of the health impacts of emergencies such as Covid-19. What’s more, the restrictive measures of the Covid-19 lockdown have the potential to limit people’s physical activity, which further adds to the health risks for people living with obesity or an NCD.
So without getting too in-depth, what I’d like to share with you is a few of the ways I’ve been enjoying exercise and physical activity during lockdown. Maybe we can inspire each other with ways to keep fit and active during lockdown? Have you tried any ‘virtual gym classes’? Perhaps you’ve started a new hobby that’s keeping you active? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or on social media.
Remember, as well as being beneficial for physical health and well-being, physical activity is also really great for mental health, with all those lovely endorphins released during exercise!
Stay safe and keep well.