A year ago, no one could have imagined how the world would change in the space of twelve months. The coronavirus pandemic has commanded the world’s attention, resulting in 48 million people contracting the virus, and 1.23 million deaths. While we find ourselves in unnerving times, one of the best ways to keep your spirits up is by performing regular exercise. Whether it’s to boost your mental health, or improve energy levels, here are ways physical activity can help you during and post COVID-19.
Improves Your Mental Health
There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by without worrying statistics of COVID-19 dominating the news. With so much doom and gloom, it can be hard to keep positive during the pandemic. Therefore, finding time for physical activity can be a great way to improve your mental health. As you exercise, your brain releases endorphins that can help you think more positively. Having a clear mind can help you perform better at work and improve relationships with your loved ones.
Boosts Your Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you lay awake at night worrying about contracting the virus, you’ll likely wake in the morning feeling rundown and fatigued. Regular exercise is proven to help aid sleep, meaning you can catch up on shuteye and have the energy to get through the day ahead. Exercise not only boosts sleep duration but tires you out, which makes you more likely to drift off the moment you hit the pillow.
Makes You More Sociable
If you live alone, you may feel isolated during COVID-19. With many of us having to work from home and stay indoors, communicating with others can be difficult. Exercising with others can be a great opportunity to socialize and know that you’re not going through this alone. While your local gym may have Sneeze Guards in place to protect gym-goers, that’s not to say you can’t have a conversation (as long as you’re six feet apart). Speaking to others can make all the difference and boost your mindset.
Boosts Your Immune System
Research has shown that regular exercise has numerous immune-boosting benefits, which help your body fight against infections like COVID-19. Building a strong immune system can also improve digestion, increase your energy levels, and combat fatigue. There are lots of ways you can boost your immune system in addition to exercising, such as by changing your diet, drinking less alcohol, and getting good quality sleep.
Lowers Your Risk of Heart Disease
While many of us worry about contracting the coronavirus, there are many other serious health conditions that you must be aware of. If you’re spending more time indoors, you may be prone to indulging in sweet treats and junk food. However, doing so can increase your risk of heart disease. Making regular exercise a priority can not only boost cardiovascular health but lower your risk of having a heart attack and stroke.
Factoring in 30 minutes of exercise each day can do wonders for your mental and physical wellbeing. Although the future may remain bleak currently, incorporating regular exercise into your routine will give you something to focus on.