FITNESS REQUIRED DURING COVID-19

by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-08-12

Regular exercise and physical activity help to improve your health. It improves your muscles and boosts your energy thus improving your quality of life. Exercise helps in the good circulation of oxygen and blood to your different organs like respiratory and cardiovascular systems, hence reducing the risk of different diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Most importantly it improves your quality of life.

 

By now, we all know that people who have a history of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory issues are at a higher risk of getting infected by COVID-19. Other than this, elder people are at higher risk due to low immunity as compared to the younger generation.

 

EFFECT OF OBESITY

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed obesity as one of the eight conditions that can increase the risk of severe COVID-19. The state infectious disease director, Kris Ehresmann said they have been providing a lot of guidance related to COVID-19 like social distancing and wearing a mask to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus, but they need to focus on some other things also like obesity being one of them. 

 

In Minnesotans, according to the state hospital data, out of 867 patients of COVID and having age between 18 to 49, 51% had an underlying health condition while 28% were obese. Thus, obesity is very common among the Minnesotans who are having COVID-19.

 

TO PROMOTE FITNESS

 

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), led by Dr. William Roberts advised people to go for moderate to vigorous exercise each week for 150 to 300 minutes to reduce the risk of coronavirus. If one can’t afford it for so long, at least one should try to do exercise for 30 or 60 minutes a week. The main thing is to do some physical activity.

 

Actually, during the 51-day statewide lockdown and closure of fitness centers because of COVID-19, it has affected the people’s lives and especially their exercise routines. The health officials are requesting people to focus on their health by finding some new routines amid the pandemic. They suggest people do some indoor or outdoor exercises to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. 

 

ACMS has asked people to wear the mask, if necessary, during exercise to prevent contact with droplets in the air from the people who are speaking or coughing nearby. Roberts himself faced such an accident when he was biking and another rider close by turned and spit in his direction. He said one of the rules to reduce transmission is to stop spitting which he knows is a difficult habit to break. Still, he said that they were encouraging the baseball guys to avoid spitting.

 

ACMS guidance also says that it is always good to do moderate to vigorous exercise but overdoing can cause exhaust people and increase their risk of viral infection. According to Roberts after overdoing exercise and exhausting oneself, the person’s immune system gets suppressed for some time. The guidance also suggests people consult their physicians because of the damage that COVID-19 can have on the lungs.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Tuned. 

 

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