The importance of exercising during a pandemic
By : I Putu Robi Somiantara
Strengthening and maintaining body immunity throughout the pandemic is one of the steps to protect the body against disease. Adequate physical exercise is very necessary to prevent the body from being attacked by disease. This short article aims to show the advantages of physical exercise to strengthen the body’s immunity for the duration of the pandemic.
The pandemic can make it challenging to maintain a physically active lifestyle. A pandemic is spread by someone sneezing or coughing into the air or onto a surface, and then the virus enters and infects a new person through their mouth, nose, or eyes. Based on what we know about how the virus moves from one person to another, it is recommended to avoid public gatherings and keep a physical distance of 6 feet or more. That, along with advice related to personal care (hand washing, not touching your face) has created concern about exercising in gyms, where hundreds of people are in and out every day.
Medical practitioners recommend that individuals, especially those at higher risk of COVID-19 complications should exercise at home or outdoors while remaining physically distanced. For all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is important for staying healthy. Compared to just sitting around most of the time, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Regular physical activity can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety (which many of us may be feeling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic). The Physical Activity Guidelines for individuals recommend 150-300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and for muscle strength training fit in 2, 5, 10 or 20 minutes, 2 sessions per week, however and wherever you can.
Remember, every active minute counts!