Most of us are well aware of the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and understand the importance of engaging in some form of regular physical activity. COVID-19 pandemic, business closures, social distancing, and changes in everyday schedules are disrupting just about every aspect of ordinary life and exercise routines are no exception.
Closures of parks, gyms, fitness studios, and other public places are resulting in reduced opportunities for physical activity — particularly for people who are not able to exercise at home. Social distancing may further affect people’s ability to exercise, especially if outdoor physical activity is not an option due to shelter-in-place orders, crowded outdoor spaces, bad weather, etc.
If you are working from home, you may find that you are sitting for more extended periods. And, changes in your daily routines such as caring for children who are home from school, may make it more challenging to find time to exercise.
Coronavirus-related concerns may affect dietary habits, leading to higher calorie consumption that could promote weight gain. Skipping fresh fruits and vegetables in favor of stocking up on calorie-dense, non-perishable foods, and financial difficulties may cause people to opt for less expensive, ultra-processed food options. And all the extra hours you’re spending at home may make you more likely to snack, “stress-bake,” or prepare high-calorie, comfort-food meals.
Additionally, many people are coping with fear, anxiety, stress, financial concerns, sadness, boredom, and isolation, all of which can have a negative effect on diet, physical health, and mental well-being.
Why is it Important to Exercise during Covid-19 ?
- Exercise reduces stress and anxiety: Exercise in fact is a proven mood-booster and can help you reduce stress levels and build emotional resilience.
- Exercise boosts the immune system: Research shows that regular, moderate-intensity exercise has immune-boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.
- Exercise improves sleep: There is evidence that suggests regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality and getting a good night’s sleep also helps you to boost your immune system.
- Exercise may prevent weight gain: Exercise can help you burn extra calories caused by dietary changes and offset the effects of sedentary activities.
We invite you to take care of your health and exercise.
But remember to M A S K U P