What do I do now that the race or game is cancelled? The importance of maintaining regular exercise during COVID-19
What an unprecedented time we are living in.
As the situation changes daily, it seems that more and more events and sports are correctly being cancelled or postponed.
The world has got very serious, very quickly and we are noticing a palpable reduction in the frustration being vented at “wasted training” and lost fitness.
Trust me, I feel your pain and frustration as The Marathon Des Sables is moved to September…. Hopefully…….
Many are of the attitude that they will continue to train hard and some are thinking they will just stop.
Those who regularly attend gyms are either snapping up online equipment to build a home fitness fortress (not a bad thing in the long term too!) or finding novel ways to adapt their training.
But again, there are many planning on letting training slip, and of course there are those that do not maintain regular exercise, but should maybe consider it?
Not just because there is more time available for most of us working from home, or unfortunately having more time on our hands due to work closures etc.
However you decide to exercise during these difficult times is of course your choice, but its important to consider some key points.
High intensity, high duration, hard training is hard on the body.
Not just the muscles, tendons, bones and joints, but ALSO the immune and endocrine systems.
Training induced stress can have a depleting effect on your whole body.
Similarly, we are all at a time of unparalleled life and work stress currently that seems to escalate daily.
For most of us there has NEVER been a more relevant time to care for your body and place your immune system at the forefront of your thinking.
With sports and events now indefinitely cancelled, there is ZERO pressure on us to seek or to maintain hard, intense training (maybe slightly more if a professional sports person).
NO PRESSURE to go to training, races, games or clubs when not feeling optimal.
Now is the time for sensible exercise that promotes restoration and well being, NOT prime fitness or performance.
Train by feel, train for enjoyment, put the gadgets and tech devices away and enjoy training for physical and mental well-being.
If able (situation dependent), try to get outdoors in the fresh air, or even in the garden.
Simply enjoy moving, do activities that you enjoy and love, or even try a new activity.
Healthcare and fitness professionals are rapidly embracing technology to be able to provide online rehab, fitness sessions, virtual group classes and opportunities to try new things literally from the safety and comfort of your home, regardless of age!
What an incentive for us to look forward to physically joining new clubs and events once these dark clouds lift, hopefully in the not too distant future.
Normal guidelines for activity still apply to the general population.
This recently released article also provides a nice summary on exercising at this time.
The events, races, sports seasons and gyms will all be waiting for us on the other side of this, use the current time to work on exercise that improves the importance of fundamental physical and mental health and well-being and not the things that drain our systems.
Please do take care, stay safe, stay well and take care of those in your communities who need help.
Yours in health,