Fitness-why is this so important during lock down?

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.

Thank you for reading my post!


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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Leo Lou, Associate @ Clifford Chance
    01 Apr 2020

    Hi loyal_insect, you provided such an interesting perspective on fitness during the pandemic by combining your personal experience and observations of others. Do you think the current government policy allowing outdoors activities for once a day provide enough safeguard to ensure it doesn't cause the virus to transmit between people while they are outdoors? Why is the government's measures enough, or not enough?

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School loyal_insect | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      Leo Lou, Associate @ Clifford Chance's comment 03 Apr 2020

      From my own experiences Leo Lou when I go out running with my mum we tend to find that we move away from other people and they move away too. Keeping 2 meters apart is one easy little thing to do but it could help thousands of people, and to me it seems like people are respecting this.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School reliable_fig | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    02 Apr 2020

    I think exercise is very important while we are off because you are only allowed outside your household for an hour a day, once a day which isn't very much because some people do up to 5 hours of exercise and sports a day! On one hand some people might think that we don't even need to go outside because we can just watch someone do an exercise show on tv. However other people think we might even need to extend the time we are allowed outside for because its not enough time to run to the shop and back. I personally, having read both sides of the argument, think that we have enough time outside as it is but even when we come back from our daily exercise we can still play outside in our gardens. Adding onto what you said Leo Lou, when I go outside for my daily exercise down by the river blackwater, it is packed with people and some of these people aren't even staying half a metre apart which I think is very wrong. I think being outside gives people more freedom because right now everyone is trapped inside their houses but at least it is summer soon so we can all look on the bright side.
    thanks for reading,

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    1. Hammond School logo stellar_acorn | Hammond Junior School D
      reliable_fig's comment 02 Apr 2020

      You are so right in saying that and I agree. Also if anyone is interested there is a P.E session on YouTube called P.E with Joe and it is from 9:00 to 9:30 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    02 Apr 2020

    I don't think that exercise is important because you get exercise and you don't even know it sometimes when you walk around the house

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    1. Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
      smart_parrot's comment 02 Apr 2020

      I understand your point, @smart_parrot, however, if you do not get enough exercise you will become overweight. Being overweight may not seem like a big deal, but there have been some deaths due to obesity over the past few years. Although we may get some exercise whilst walking around the house, I do not believe that this exercise is enough to keep us fit and healthy. Firms all around the nation, schools, and the Government are doing all they can to make sure we can stay fit and healthy with enough food to use during lockdown, showing the importance of excercise. In addition to this, not many people get up often and walk around the house. We, as humans, tend to stay sat down if we are comfortable in one position. This is providing us with even less exercise, leaving more risk for obesity. Linking back to @loyal_insect's post, the majority of exercise we get is done outside. Seeing as we are no longer allowed outside, due to Government orders, these kind of actions are vital to keeping fit and healthy.
      These are my reasons for why fitness is so important.

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  • Hammond School logo stellar_acorn | Hammond Junior School D
    02 Apr 2020

    Because being healthy can make Coronavirus not so bad for you.

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