Sport & Coronavirus | 5 sport activities you can still practice during the outbreak
Exercise is extremely important for your overall health and wellbeing, even during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. According to the UK Government guidelines, you can still leave your house once a day for exercise so long as you stay 2 meters away from other people. And, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home. If you're unsure how to exercise during lockdown, here are five activities you can try.
Yoga enhances your physical wellbeing by improving your strength, posture, and breathing patterns. Don't worry – you don't need great flexibility to get started, either. Why? Because practicing yoga frequently improves your musculature and overall mobility.
Some of the more specific benefits of yoga include:
- Improved ankle and knee strength, which helps to prevent falls
- Lower stress and anxiety levels
- Improved breathing patterns
- Reduced arthritic pain
There's no such thing as being too old to take up yoga. So, whatever your fitness level, give it a try. For inspiration, check out this list of free YouTube yoga classes.
Running (or jogging) is one of the best forms cardio out there. If you don't have access to a treadmill, you can still run outside once per day thanks to the UK Government guidelines. In the long term, running helps you:
- Lose body fat
- Maintain strong bones
- Improve your aerobic fitness
- Strengthen your lower body
Although running is beneficial, it's important that you run with good technique so you don't strain the muscles and ligaments around your feet, ankles, and knees. To prep your body for running, try walking every day first. Go at your own pace and don't overdo it!
Whether you have an exercise bike at home, or you're cycling through the streets, cycling is a relaxing and highly beneficial form of exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. Cycling helps to:
- Maintain healthy weight levels
- Improve muscle tone and strength
- Boost cardiovascular fitness
- Lift your mood
If you're just starting out, choose a quiet spot and go for a short cycle. Plan your route in advance and always stay alert. Remember to wear a helmet, and wipe your bicycle down with soap and water or hand sanitiser after use. Don't forget to wash your hands!
If you plan on working out at home, you can still get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week right from the comfort of your living room. There are so many exercises you can do at home, but here are the most popular:
- Resistance band training
- Strength training with dumbbells and kettlebells
- Bodyweight training (you don't need any equipment at all for this)
- Yoga and pilates
- High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
You'll find plenty of free workout videos on sites such as YouTube or Instagram, so you won't get bored.
Yes, you can still practice your golf swing even if the golf courses are closed! During lockdown, you can:
- Try out new swing drills
- Work on your putting technique
- Refine your grip and posture
- Perfect your chipping technique
- Strengthen your upper body with bodyweight and resistance training
Always remember to clean any equipment after use, and give your hands a wash with hand sanitiser or soap and water.
Whether you take up yoga in your lounge, or you go cycling through the park, it's still important to wash your hands regularly.
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