At the moment we are in lockdown which means we are only allowed to go out of our houses if we absolutely have to such as buying groceries, medicine/medical service, to help an elderly person. We are also allowed to go outside for fitness ONCE a day. For me, fitness is so important as I am a gymnast and usually do 11+ hours in the gym a week. My gym friends and my coach have arranged for at 6 o’clock everyday (except Sundays) to do a 40-minute workout all together on Zoom (an app that allows everyone to FaceTime) so that we can still see each other and keep our fitness levels up. So, why is fitness so important, especially during lockdown?
During lockdown, people may be feeling a bit down and fitness also helps us to stay mentally healthy. Working out keeps you motivated and makes you feel good about yourself after it, and also lifts your energy levels. Celebrities, such as Joe Wicks and Max Whitlock have been doing online P.E. lessons for everyone to access and follow at home. I am also aware that there are local P.E. teachers/sports coaches that have been encouraging fitness too by offering free online workouts as well.
Some people could argue that only being able to exercise outside once a day means that everyone's fitness levels will go down the drain but that is not the case as we can still exercise at home, especially by following the online workouts mentioned above. Adding on to that, if we only have one opportunity to go outside a day, we should make the most of this, and even a walk in the fresh air is still great exercise and boosts our mood.
As a tiny counter argument, it might make some people feel so good to get out to exercise (say they don't get the opportunity because of their job etc.) that they might break the “ONE exercise a day” rule, but I don’t think that is necessary due to the fact that there are incredible workouts we can access at home to exercise.
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