Do not re-buff your health during the season of a pandemic outbreak. You need to remember and work to equip yourself in boosting your immunity and preventing any medical emergencies while hospitals are busy managing to contain the community outbreak. You must be engulfed with the fear of the virus and mentally not prepared to focus on your existing health concerns. Sit back and plan your routine to manage health amidst of gyms/fitness-centres/swimming pool, outdoor sports activities have been tentatively halted or if you are avoiding crowded parks to maintain social distance. This should not end up being lethargic over restarting your exercise and mindful eating regime.
Be a brave fighter to gear up with sound mind and health which is possible with the following changes in your routine:
Exercise first! An active lifestyle, which implies that regular physical activity and frequent exercise enhances one’s immune competency and regulation to fight against viral or bacterial infection. It also benefits you from managing your weight, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. It helps to de-stress and calm your mind while you are stressed about following the news on COVID-19!
This is more than enough for you to get convinced about not skipping your daily exercise regime and do not expect anything more to motivate you to follow regular exercise despite a closure notice received from your gym. Restart and get going with homework-outs by motivating your family, friends and kids. There are many cross fit work-outs, spot jogging or online exercise apps or consult a Physiotherapist to help you do them at home regularly. Start building up a fitness challenge with your colleagues or relatives to motivate and help each other to stick to a regular plan as advised.
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By Edwina Raj, Senior Dietitian, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore