Why is exercise so important during the coronavirus crisis?

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During the Coronavirus Lock down, as a nation we have all had to adapt to a break in our normal routines and activities which may have included some form of exercise – whatever that may have been. 

Physical exercise indeed was an important consideration in the planning and the allowance of what we could do outside our homes and also communicated and encouraged by the PM and his advisors. One hour of outdoor daily exercise whilst following strict social distancing rules, but of course that did not limit us to what type of exercise workout we could do within the confines of our front room or garden, and there are countless routines we could follow online including virtual Zumba and yoga sessions. 

So why should exercise have important part to play in our lives ? like the countless types of exercise routines available at no or little cost to our pockets, there are many direct health benefits linked to following a regular exercise regime. 

Here are some of the broader statistics linked to getting out for that walk run cycle – or even a dance session:

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. 
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes. 
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer. 
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer. 
  • a 30% lower risk of early death. 
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis. 
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture. 

Following a heathy sensible diet and doing regular exercise will; help us manage our weight, help our bodies fight disease, reduce stress, and help us live longer. Some recent data and statistics released last week showed that of all those patients in hospital diagnosed with Coronavirus and with underlying health issues, those with Diabetes were at greater risk with a 27% mortality rate. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus-statistics  This has raised more questions than answers.  

Following a simple daily workout routine https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/living-with/great-exercises-for-people-with-diabetes/ like this one designed for those with Diabetes is just another one of many routines with great tips and guidance that will help you and could be great fun too!

Additionally a healthy diet https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/food-and-diabetes/i-have-type-2-diabetesis something to work into your plan.

Overall doing some form of regular exercise daily is important to us all and can be fun – the old age ‘prevention is better than cure’.

Whatever we do as a nation during these COVID 19 times – if staying fit or getting fit,  we should follow national strategy for ‘Staying Alert’ ‘Control the Virus’ and ‘ Save Lives’ and as restrictions are gradually being eased over the next few weeks, we should always consider those around us who may still yet be more vulnerable and susceptible and follow social distancing guidelines.

In our last blog we discussed the attitudes of our nation to wearing face masks and face coverings and it becoming the norm in a country which isn’t used to wearing them as a matter of course and perhaps the growing evidence that shows the footer we are the more resistant we might be to the worst effects of Coronavirus will help us to form a new culture in the uk to embrace fitness with renewed vigour.

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