Iranians are pictured exercising in a park in Tehran on November 19, 2019 Photograph:( AFP )
Coronavirus outbreak has forced people to stay indoors, but some fitness fanatics haven't shut shop
While social distancing has shut out most people from outdoor activities - athletes, fitness fanatics, and coaches have taken to the internet to help people work-out from home.
Coronavirus outbreak has forced people to stay indoors, but some fitness fanatics haven't shut shop. Fitness instructor Joe Wicks is conducting online classes for children and their parents at home.
"Well, what I really liked, is when I put it out there, obviously it's aimed at children, but if you are an unfit parent or adult and you're not really active, they're actually really great exercises for you because you start moving", Wicks told Reuters.
“This isn't just a Monday to Friday flash in the pan thing. My subscribers have gone up. They've doubled. I've got nearly 2 million subscribers, so I want to keep generating content that's free, that's accessible", he added.
Not just online
A fitness trainer in Hamburg brought people to their balconies for a 30-minute exercise routine.
One father even managed to combine fitness with childcare. Coronavirus pandemic has brought focus back on health, fitness and immunity.
Important to stay fit
Being physically active not only strengthens the immune system by reducing the risk of chronic diseases but also flushes bacteria out of the lungs thereby decreasing the chances of getting a cold, flu or other illness.
In fact, a large study showed that mild to moderate exercise – performed about three times a week – reduced the risk of dying during the Hong Kong Flu outbreak in 1998.
Reasons to exercise at home:
Here’s what you could do: