Lessons from Lockdown

Fitness lessons during lockdown

Lockdown period and associated restrictions will soon go. But we have learnt many fitness lessons during lockdown. This article will put a brief focus on each such lesson. The most talked about term in the Corona period is immunity. Although, immunity has a genetic angle, it can be acquired through multiple disciplines related to the health.

During lockdown, many people were aware of the fact that the decrease in the routine activities will lead to a natural increase in the body mass and weight. Some of us followed very strict diet, even a semi-starvation diet. So some people choose to eat only once a day. But if the required nutritional value has not been consumed, then it is natural to feel weak. Consuming less carbohydrates and more protein increases the amount of harmful substances in our body. Fruits and grains are sources of carbohydrates that contain natural sugars. It gives energy to our body. Some of the properties of carbohydrates help in maintaining the balance of pH in the body. The difficult to manage weight during the lockdown has given an important lesson related to the balanced diet.

Another very important lesson from fitness lessons during lockdown, was obviously related to the exercise. Lockdown taught us, why we need to exercise regularly. Fitness became utmost important during pandemic. Naturally everyone tried to stay fit. Many learnt new techniques to exercise at home. Due to lack of equipment, emphasis was on doing aerobics, yoga, meditation, dance activities and general cardio.

Unavailability of maids or domestic help servants, we learnt to handle many tasks at home on our own. This allowed us to stay active throughout the day. During that time, we were constantly busy, so we were in good spirits. So there was an easy way to burn the extra calories in the body. Now many of us have understood, why our ancestors were healthier than us. Even experts have agreed that we can be more fit, if we continue to follow the same lifestyle.

Restaurants were closed for much part of the lockdown. We enjoyed the home cooked meal during this time. This will have a long term effect on the habit of eating out or ordering out meals at home. Not only that, but many people experimented with cooking during the Corona period and tried many recipes which they would not have, otherwise. Many understood that home cooked food saves money as well as it has health benefits due to increase hygiene. With all this in mind, we can move towards a healthier life.

Otherwise also, we provided very strict vigil towards hygiene. It was not limited to personal habits. We improved with washing / cleaning hands at regular interval, avoiding unnecessary hand-face contacts, changing clothes or even taking multiple baths as a precaution. We also had improved our littering habits, keeping surrounding and environment in a better condition.

To avoid mental stress, many of us adopted strict schedule, irrespective of disturbed pre-lockdown routine. This includes the habit of going to bed on time and getting up early in the morning. Many understood the benefit of quality sleep. We know now that sufficient sleep not only increases the energy of the body, but also improves mental health.

Feelings of fear, uncertainty and insecurity were at home during the lockdown. It also forced us to know ourselves, to be content, and to do what we love. Few of us developed new skills while many pursued hobbies. This brought peace of mind as indirectly we learnt lessons of dealing properly with stress. This again has indirect health benefits.

Due to surplus time, interaction, though most of it was online, with family members, neighbors, friends, with like-minded people, increased. We handle difficult times with the help and support of many such people. As we came closer, most of the times it resulted in better relations. This helped to improve mental health.

As the lockdown restrictions eased, many began traveling to beaches, cool places, and islands. Staying at home for many days and interacted online most of the time, created a strong desire to get out of the house. Corona taught us lessons of mental and physical health by spending time in close proximity to nature.

Among all the fitness lessons during lockdown, the most important lesson which many of us learnt is that fitness is not limited with physical things. Mental fitness is equally important. To be precise, we can now say that we have learnt that physical and mental fitness are mutually connected and we have to achieve both if we want to be strong and fit when another pandemic hits earth in the future.

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