Monday, April 27, 2020

Staying Physically Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Given the health benefits of physical activity, the LSD Initiative continues to recommend being active as an important strategy for staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.


While COVID-19 however presents challenges to maintaining an active lifestyle, physical activity can be done safely in and near the home.



Why physical activity is important

Physical exercise has been associated with better immune functions and improved mental health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting enough physical activity could prevent 1 in 10 premature deaths, yet only half of adults get the physical activity they need to help reduce and prevent chronic diseases.

Exercising could also prevent:
  • 1 in 8 cases of breast cancer
  • 1 in 8 cases of colorectal cancer
  • 1 in 12 cases of diabetes
  • 1 in 15 cases of heart disease

Ways to Maintain Physical Fitness at Home
  1. Walking/Jogging: Walking or jogging for example is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to be more active and reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Walking or jogging outside follows the same guidelines as other types of social distancing. That means avoid crowds, keep at least six feet between you and anyone you encounter while outside, and don’t touch crosswalk buttons or posts with your hands.

  2. One-On-One Loofball: Learning basic loofball techniques like jump-shooting,hand-passing or ball-catching with a family member isn't a bad idea either, at least for staying fit and healthy. One on One Loofball can be played across a net, rope or any elevated barrier.

  3. Yoga: Yoga can be done just about anywhere. All you need to get started is a mat, comfortable attire and a program to follow. There are several yoga videos on YouTube to make use of.

  4. Weight/Resistance Training: Most of us don’t have an in-home gym, but you can still train at home using a few dumbbells or resistance bands purchased online. If you don’t want to spend the money, you can make your own weights using common household items. 

When Not To Exercise

The World Health Organization advises that people do not exercise if they have fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, kindly stay at home, rest and seek medical attention immediately.

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