If someone told us a few months ago that soon we wouldn’t be able to leave our homes, go for a coffee, take a walk in the park, go to the gym and just casually buy groceries, we’d tell them they’re crazy, right?
Yet, here we are. Our walks in the park became walks to the fridge, our commutes became slow transits from our computers to toilets and back, and the gyms… Well, who’d want to workout in a crazy sci-fi scenario like this one anyway???
Woah. Quite overwhelming…
See, if we decide to go along that path… This may end up being a proper apocalypse.
Luckily, this isn’t the first time we face such odds.
And definitely not the first time we’re gonna win.
So, how do we do that?
It really is simple. It’s what got us so far. Keep your cool. Adapt.
But, what does home fitness have to do with that?
The correlation between improving physical condition and fighting disease have long been established, and physicians always encouraged staying physically active.
However, physical exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it really plays a significant role in stress reduction.
Or as the Romans would say:
Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
Meaning, “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.
And here’s the science behind this ancient wisdom – when stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or to put it as simple as possible – if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—natural painkillers that also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
Exactly what we need right now. Needless to say, in situations like these, the benefits of a simple exercise were never so important.
Now, especially relevant with the Coronavirus around…
Here’s what a simple 20 minute workout may do for you when it comes to fighting illness:
- Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness.
- Exercise causes a change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before.
- The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
- Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.
Now, let’s admit… You already knew most of these facts.
Yet, so many of us keep finding excuses to postpone “the healthy lifestyle”, exercises and ironically, investing in ourselves.
And then something hits us as hard as Corona did and we wish we could do all the things we can’t now, locked up in our homes with nowhere to go.
Well, the good news is – you really can exercise effectively at home. You can, and you should.
And you should start now. We’ve also provided you with tips on how to build your home gym. Make sure you use them and save yourself some time.
Seems like we’re running out of excuses. So get going. Just do it. You’ll thank yourself later.