The world is now, confined to a limited zone, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. People are sailing between their professional and personal lives. Amid the nationwide lockdown, citizens are attempting to interest themselves in various activities. But one such thing most people are unable to engage in is physical activity, which is very important to do in a situation like this.
These social distancing measures have given people fewer possibilities to be bodily active. The impact of this physical inactivity may affect many crucial areas, such as health, social care and the mental well-being of people all across the globe.
In the wake of Covid-19, here are few benefits of physical activities-
- Physical activity improves immune function and lessens inflammation, hence, could reduce the austerity of infections.
- Physical activity is a great stress management tool, as it reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Physical activity improves common chronic conditions which are responsible for increasing the risk for severe COVID-19 (i.e. Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes).
- Weight control
- Reduces the risk of cognitive deterioration
- Reduces the risk of depression
- Physical activity helps bring cortisol levels in balance. Stress and distress (such as during a pandemic) create a disproportion in cortisol levels, and this negatively affects immune function and inflammation.
The WHO Guidelines on the account of physical activity are-
- Infants under the age of 1 year need to be physically active several times a day.
- Children under five years should spend at least 180 minutes a day in physical activities, with 3-4 year-olds being moderately or strenuously active for an hour a day.
Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years
- Children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity, including activities that stimulate muscle and bone, at least three days per week.
Adults aged 18 – 64 years
- Adults should do a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity during the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity throughout the week, including muscle-strengthening exercise two or more days per week.
Adults aged 65 years
- They should do a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity throughout the week, including muscle-strengthening exercise two or more days per week.
- older adults with low flux should do physical activity to intensify balance and limit falls on three or more days per week
During the COVID-19 pandemic, being physically active is a challenge for all of us, but we must find and intend methods to be active and reduce our stationary time.