It has been proved time and again that exercising helps keep the heart healthy, keeping a check on blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and even obesity which is a cause of main fatal ailments.
According to the paper, people who regularly exercise have at least 11 per cent lower risk of COVI-19 infection, and 44 per cent lower risk of severe diseases as compared to those leading a sedentary lifestyle.
How much exercise is optimum?
We tend to sometimes overdo everything to achieve the best results. However, experts believe that any physical activity, including exercise, should be of moderate intensity on average, with bouts of high-intensity workouts to get the optimum benefit.
A weekly total of 150-160 minutes of workout would give the required protection against COVID-19. Experts feel that exercises like running, spot jogging, cycling, swimming, weight lifting, and many other gym movements are good enough to achieve the target.
Things to remember while exercising
Since the coronavirus threat is still looming large, it is important to also take care of the fact that social distancing should still be maintained, even while exercising. Here are a few things to remember:
- Workout online: What began the world over during the lockdown is still a rage. Online
yoga, Pilates, aerobics, or any high-intensity strength workouts can be performed seamlessly in the comfort of your home without worrying about catching infections Optfor freestyle: If a structured routine is not your thing, get creative and formulate your workout. There are millions of videos online that you can search for and form your pattern. Make a spot running circuit, jumps, planks, sit-ups, push-ups, and burpees, and repeat these.
- Go outside: There are many solo exercise activities you can do outside like running, walking, and cycling that lose a lot of
caloriesand also gives you the benefit of breathing fresh air.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.