By - 29 April 2020
Many countries around the world, including India, have imposed a lockdown to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. It is important to keep ourselves physically active while staying indoors. Being physically active can improve our overall mental health while reducing the risk of various diseases. Please continue reading this article from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and learn how to keep ourselves physically active during the lockdown.
The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and sitting down more than we usually do. It’s hard for a lot of us to do the sort of exercise we normally do. It’s even harder for people who don’t usually do a lot of physical exercises.
But at a time like this, it’s very important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. WHO’s Be Active campaign aims to help you do just that - and to have some fun at the same time. Remember - Just taking a short break from sitting, by doing 3-4 minutes of light intensity physical movement, such as walking or stretching, will help ease your muscles and improve blood circulation and muscle activity.
Regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind. It can reduce high blood pressure, help manage weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers - all conditions that can increase susceptibility to COVID-19. It also improves bone and muscle strength and increases balance, flexibility and fitness. For older people, activities that improve balance help to prevent falls and injuries.
Regular physical activity can help give our days a routine and be a way to stay in contact with family and friends. It’s also good for our mental health - reducing the risk of depression, cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia - and improve overall feelings
WHO has recommendations on the amount of physical activity people of all ages should do to benefit their health and wellbeing.
• All infants should be physically active several times a day.
• For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes in a prone position (tummy time), as floor-based play, spread throughout the day while awake.
• All young children should spend at least 180 minutes a day in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity
• 3-4-year-old children should spend at least 60 minutes of this time in moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity
• All children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity
• This should include activities that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 days per week
• Doing more than 60 minutes of physical activity daily will provide additional health benefits
• All adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity throughout the week.
• For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or equivalent.
• For developing and maintaining musculoskeletal health, muscle-strengthening activities involving major muscle groups should be done on 2 or more days a week
• In addition, older adults with poor mobility should do physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls on 3 or more days per week.
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