The importance of exercise during the Covid-19 crises

Ireland has been on a lockdown (without the use of the word lockdown) for two weeks now and now the focus for many people is on their mental health and well being. With all public gatherings now ceased including Holy Mass and even funerals people are very much restricted to their homes.

The restriction on the public includes only a form of exercise which can be carried out up to 2 kilometers from ones home. This does not include any other essential journeys such as going to shop, doctor or dentist for which you can drive more than 2 kilometers.

Staying sane at home:

So how can people keep their mind healthy as well as their body fit in these times. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise several days a week to keep your body healthy and this also release endorphins which will mentally make you feel better.

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If you do not have any home gym equipment do not worry as you don’t have to break the bank in order to get a good taxing workout at home. You can get simple pieces of home gym equipment such as exercise bands or a skipping rope for under €20.00.

Other recommendations include reading a book or playing a board game. It is very important to not over consume news content which can lead to increased anxiety and ultimately does you no good. It is OK to keep in touch with the news once or twice the day but do not dwell on it for most of the day. It is also important to avoid too much social media such as Instagram which can also lead to not feeling like you have accomplished much during the day which can lead to feeling depressed.

Keep a good routine and try to get up at the same time each day. When you get up get ready as if you would on a normal day and then begin your routine. Do not mope about in the house half of the day without getting yourself ready as this can also lead to depression. Here is hoping that this situation will not last long so we must do our best to stay in doors.