Cast your minds back to a bit over a year ago…
The pandemic had just begun in the USA and the lockdowns were still early. Sure, there was a lot more uncertainty at that time but some things were known.
I’m talking about principles of health, i.e. those timeless things that NEVER change.
AKA supporting your health has always been and always will be paramount.
Yet, I and other “fitness instructors” were chastised for telling people to become healthier back then.
Virus or no virus, your health is largely about what you do.
It sure ain’t 100% but you do have a significant degree of influence on your health.
It definitely isn’t all about genetics which is the dominant paradigm, despite being provably false over and over and over again.
There’s this thing called an immune system which you can vastly effect according to what you do and don’t do.
The initial two weeks to “flatten the curve” has expanded radically to about 13 months now.
Has your belt line?
Or has your fitness?
What is the “new normal” for you?
This new study came across my desk the other day:
“Physical inactivity is associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes: a study in 48440 adult patients”
I would say this is obvious. But clearly the obvious, ain’t so obvious these days.
(Seemingly even more so if you’re most scientists or politicians!)
The study’s conclusion: “Consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes among infected adults. We recommend efforts to promote physical activity be prioritised by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care.”
Instead, what has the public response been?
Never a recommendation to keep fit and healthy in sight.
What’s more…not only to close gyms but to keep people indoors too!
Absolutely, if you know how, you can get a great workout in your home. I’m a huge fan of bodyweight exercises specifically for this reason.
Like the 80/20 Strength Challenge. (This is only mostly bodyweight stuff, not exclusively.)
Or 7 Minute Flexibility which can be a quick, and surprisingly tough workout.
Add fitness to other factors that we know, like obesity and type 2 diabetes being the biggest comorbidities. Both of these are controllable through lifestyle too.
Again, virus or no virus you can take control of your health to a large degree.
Get fit. It’s not, nor has it ever really been about just about looking good naked.