As a born and raised New Yorker I have never been happier to live in New Hampshire. As the national pandemic numbers continue to rise daily, one of the few states with declining numbers is where we say “Live Free or Die.” With that said, it’s still important to be at the ready for anything – including a “spike”. So the big question everyone is asking is, “What is the best way to stay safe?” As discussions continue on mask use, social distancing, and what is and what isn’t safe there is one universal truth that cannot be challenged…
What is the Issue?
In today’s world, it’s hard to not be aware of the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and understand the importance of engaging in some form of regular physical activity. As the United States copes with the new coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, business closures, social distancing, and changes in everyday schedules are disrupting just about every aspect of ordinary life — and exercise routines are no exception.
Although it might be tempting to skip your workout during these challenging times, public health officials say that exercise — while undoubtedly crucial under normal circumstances — is essential to your physical health and mental well-being.
Adding to this issue is that quarantine has disrupted many dietary habits This can lead to higher calorie consumption that could promote weight gain. Limiting trips to the grocery store, skipping fresh fruits and vegetables in favor of stocking up on calorie-dense, non-perishable foods, and financial difficulties may cause people to opt for less expensive, ultra-processed food options. Let’s not also forget the additional alcohol many of us have been drinking to deal with everything and it’s just not a recipe for health.
Why is Exercise Important During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
- Boost the immune system – regular exercise has immune-boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.
- Helps prevent weight gain – if we are going to eat more calories it is essential to increase our caloric expenditure
- Reduces stress and anxiety – Exercise is a proven mood-booster
- Improves sleep – There is evidence that suggests regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality
So What Should You Do?
At Amoskeag, we provide you with a high energy workout, a community of like-minded people to keep you motivated, and great coaching and programming so that you can always get a safe and effective workout. Pair that with a proper nutrition program powered by Working Against Gravity and you have a 1, 2 punch ready to help you survive if the worst-case scenario occurs and you do test positive for Covid-19. We know that no matter the ailment, exercise & nutrition are at the top of the list of treatments and we provide the highest quality and proper dosage of what you need daily so you can be armed and ready.