Most of us do not remember times when normal life stops, this period of chaos and uncertainty is going to be very difficult for most of the people around the world. In such a situation, we need to take steps to keep ourselves healthy as well as stay mentally and physically fit. In this article our focus is on staying physically active which in turn will provide lots of additional benefits for mental and physical fitness to keep your immune system strong.
Let us first look at the benefits of exercise, then we will look at the ways to stay fit when gyms are closed and playing normal sports is not an option.
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mental benefits of exercise
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When we are physically active, whether it is for a walk, running, gym or playing sports, our mind gets distracted by daily stress and thoughts. This helps us to avoid getting trapped in negative thoughts. Exercise actually lowers the level of stress hormones in your body and at the same time, it stimulates the production of endorphins. Know the feeling of relaxation after doing physical exercise? This is because physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed.
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Regular exercise also has the power to increase the concentration of norepinephrine, a chemical that may regulate the brain’s response to stress. On a simple level, doing physical activity frees the mind from compulsive thoughts and helps to relax the mind.
Sports and other types of physical activity improve sleep quality. They do this by helping you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Better sleep can improve your mental outlook the next day, as well as your mood. Whatever you choose to do, the more active you are during the day, the more likely you are to relax and fall asleep at night.
Just be careful not to indulge in the game too late in the day. Evening exercise within a few hours of bedtime can make you too energetic to sleep!
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physical benefits of exercise
Any aerobic exercise is great for the body. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat. Aerobic exercise is a must in any fitness plan.
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Exercise will help build and maintain healthy bones, plus it’s a great way to flush ponds when combined with a healthy diet. Inactivity is a major factor in weight gain and obesity; your body expends energy in three ways: digesting food, exercising, and maintaining body functions such as your heartbeat and breathing. Combining aerobic exercise with resistance training can maximize fat loss and muscle maintenance, which are essential to keeping weight off during these tough times.
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Exercise also helps boost the immune system, which is very important in this environment. Try to exercise 30-60 minutes a day and you don’t come in contact with other people and germs, stay away from gym, outside is the best environment to try to be active.
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Staying fit while gyms and sports clubs are closed
First of all there are games that you can play on your own! Most of these singles are fully accessible even with sports gyms and sports clubs closed, you just need to be close to the water for some and the right gear for others.
The most popular and recreational solo sports are: running, cycling, mountain biking, surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking/canoeing and climbing. Here is the complete details of all- different singles game
There are lots of variations of home workouts that you can do so maybe we can follow that up in a separate piece. But for now you can either buy some simple gym equipment like an exercise mat, some dumbbells or kettle-bell or just use your body weight to do static workout exercises like sit-ups, press-ups, burpees and squats can do. here are some best exercise to build fitness
Even better if you can do all these outside in the communal area of your garden or park because being outside is always healthier than being stuck inside. Just make sure you keep your distance from others during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Running is already mentioned above but we have to remember that running is one of the most accessible sports in the world, it can be done anywhere with minimal equipment.
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