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Why you should maintain fitness routine post-pandemic

By LIZZY OGOT | June 22nd 2020

Coronavirus, like any other life situation, has come with its pros and cons. Many of us have been forced to stay home due to the government's directives to curb the spread of the virus. This has allowed many residents to work out more. Some Kenyan memers would ask if people are all preparing for war due to the rate at which people have been exercising.

Just like wearing masks has become a norm, no one wants to be left out in those evening jogs. Funny enough, the irony is that before the pandemic, when we had all the time to work out and go for runs freely, we weren't doing it as much. Now that the virus is here with us and there are lockdowns, everyone wants to go for a morning and evening walk. Well, let me pardon you because you will create the excuse that some of you are now working from home. The question is, are you going to maintain your fitness routine once the ban on movement is lifted and we adopt the new normal?

Unlike other citizens around the world, Kenyans have been exercising regularly despite the many months that we have spent at home, and they haven't been sedentary, which deserves an applaud. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, most Kenyan deaths result from infectious diseases and chronic illnesses. Research also states that regular exercise is a cornerstone in the prevention of many chronic diseases. So, you better not stop exercising now that you know this. Just a reminder, this menace COVID-19 ravages mainly those with underlying medical conditions.

We all react to a crisis differently, and keeping fit and doing numerous exercises has been Kenyans' way to cope, and indeed I might think it has helped a lot. Many of us are looking for ways to pass the time and keep our minds off news about the pandemic as it is human nature not to be socially isolated. A lot of fear and anxiety came with this crisis, and there isn't any better way to take your mind off than exercise.

In as much as exercising has numerous advantages, too much of breaking a sweat can be dangerous for you. Remember not to overdo it because it might come with its repercussions. Everything should be done with moderation. According to research by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, including brisk walking, running, and weightlifting, and other muscle stretching activities. Too much of it can weaken your immune system, and you wouldn't want to be susceptible to the virus. Maintain the pace and the little you do means a lot to your body.

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