There’s a few things you can do to lower your risk of exposure to Coronavirus (or COVID-19, whatever you want to call it).
Wearing a mask, staying at home, washing your hands etc.
But the importance of exercise is overlooked in my view.
Especially by the powers that be that make all the offical recommendations.
The one thing they do allow in the middle of any lockdown is time to be outside and exercise.
I’ll give them that.
But they should be doing more to encourage people to actually move one way or the other.
Be that through going for a walk outside, or by doing some form of structured exercise.
Even if it’s from the comfort of your lounge room.
You and I both know the benefits of a regular exercise routine.
However, I still feel that the word needs to be spread more to the general public.
Exercise, especially first thing in the morning, gives you the endorphin boost you can utilise for the rest of the day -especially if you’re doing it tough now.
You start the day well and you put your mind in the right gear for the rest of the day.
Especially now when we need it the most.
When people’s mental health is as important as their physical health.
You can even argue that the real cost of this virus will be the longterm mental health effects on the wider population.
There’s even some latest research out of the University of Virginia that found:
medical research findings “strongly support” the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the severity of ARDS, which affects between 3% and 17% of all patients with COVID-19.
And to expand, ARDS means Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
Meaning that if you get Coronavirus and are not healthy, you are more likely to get real sick.
And then outside of all of that, you remember the effect that exercise has on your immune system.
It helps keep that strong.
Which is obviously going to help you if you’re unlucky enough to cop a dose of the virus (or any for that matter).
So do yourself a favour.
And encourage others in your circle to do the same.
PS – and if you do know someone who can benefit from a structured exercise program, please point them in my direction (and you can both benefit with a free dinner once they’ve been with DPM for only 6 months)
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