The importance of physical activity during quarantine
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in huge routine adjustments in day-to-day living. Many of us are confined to our homes, decreasing our social interactions and exercise. Although this is a challenging time for us all, it is important to take control and implement a routine that evades the negative impact quarantine may have on our physical and mental health.
It is important to not let the restraints of lockdown restrain you physically. No mattered the square footage of your house, there is room for exercise. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that it is imperative people of all ages remain as physical as possible during this time. Just by doing up to 5 minutes of light physical activity, such as stretching or walking, you will be improving your blood circulation and easing your muscles. Quarantine has allowed for us to be sitting down more than we usually do so just by taking a break from that, you are benefitting both your body and mind.
Keeping up with a daily routine of exercise can be a means for you to stay in contact with family and friends. This could involve walking outside together, allowing for no distractions and appreciation for the time together, or by organising workouts together via video chat and socialising as a result. These activities improve our overall feelings, consequently reducing the risks of cognitive decline or depression.
Although it is recommended that physical activity for adults over 18 years old should be at least 150 minutes worth a week, it does not mean that is what you should have accomplished in this time. It is vital to remember that we are living through a once in a lifetime pandemic and it is important to focus on surviving, not thriving. Implementing a daily habit of even just light exercise can benefit you significantly, whether it’s the mental focus on a routine or the physical movements offsetting the hindrances of lockdown.
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