Updated: May 22, 2020
The majority of Singaporeans are currently nervous about the potential impact of COVID-19. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep are important steps to combat COVID-19. These are the 3 steps to a healthy lifestyle, which leads to a strong immune system. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone why we should still consider an active lifestyle rather than a more sedentary one.
What is COVID-19 Pandemic?
Why should I exercise?
What is balanced diet?
How does sleep affect your health?
What is COVID-19 pandemic?
According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 was a newly discovered virus in 2019 which had not been previously identified in humans. The virus is transmitted between animals and people. Some of the common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In addition to the 3 steps to a healthy lifestyle, other ways to prevent the spread of the infection include; regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing as well.
Why should I exercise?
Regular exercise is the key to healthy living. Exercise is an activity that requires our muscles to work. Running, jogging, and walking are the easiest form of exercise. An efficient form of exercise is to perform a cardio workout, bodyweight training, dancing, and sports fitness. There are many online platforms such as One Stop Online Tutor offering one to one live training in this period. Also follow OSOT's Facebook page or Youtube channel to get free exercise guidance video.
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A. Health Benefits from Exercising
Exercise improves cardiovascular health, helps control body weight, lowers blood pressure, and protects our body from diseases. It contributes to a healthy immune system as well. When we exercise, bacteria are flushed out of your lungs and airways, reducing the chance of getting a cold, flu, or other respiratory illnesses. The rise of body temperature during and right after exercise helps prevent bacteria from growing and aids the body in combating infection.
B. Psychological effects of exercising
On top of these health benefits, exercise is also a great stress reliever. The endorphins produced by our body during exercise makes us feel better, happier, and reduce anxiety. By improving our mood, we are able to reduce stress, improve self-esteem build up confidence, and reduce the symptoms of depression.