Now is the perfect time to keep tabs on your health by building a daily exercise regimen
The Coronavirus scare, social distancing rules, gym restrictions and home confinement by choice may tempt you to just curl up on the couch and binge-watch a Netflix series (there’s a wide choice!), or if you’re a little old fashioned you’ll lose yourself for long hours in a thrilling novel.
The UAE is encouraging people to stay indoors most of the time even after relaxing some measures. This is crucial to minimise the spread of Covid-19, but what impact will it have on our health and well-being? Although gyms have reopened, it is still going to be a challenge with rules in place about not exceeding 50 per cent capacity. Members will have to reserve access to the club in 60-90-minute time blocks and since most operators prefer to practise a first-come-first-enter policy, you might not get a slot easily.
Research shows that being sedentary is bad for your physical and mental health, so staying active during this difficult time is important. Being physically active helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It also helps maintain muscle mass and bone density, reducing the risk of developing sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and osteoporosis (loss of bone density).
Physical activity also helps to keep your immune system working effectively as it flushes bacteria from the lungs and airways, increases white blood cell circulation and raises body temperature, all of which help the body fight infection.
“Sedentary lifestyle is basically when the individual doesn’t receive regular amounts of physical activity,” says Dr Maisaa Al Sulaiman, Specialist in Family Medicine, Burjeel Speciality Hospital, Sharjah. “This type of behaviour is really dangerous for your health, as the latest research shows that sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, elevated blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, not to mention the anxiety and depression that it may cause.”
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