Covid-19: avoid an inactive lifestyle and keep moving!

The Coronavirus pandemic has reduced the opportunities for movement, but it’s important to keep in shape and avoid the adoption of sedentary behaviors

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to many changes, including a reduction in opportunities to exercise.

A study conducted in Brazil and published in BMC Public Health showed that the number of people defined as “insufficiently active” or “inactive” increased by 147% during the pandemic months.

This is worrying from both a physical and psychological point of view. In fact, the same study revealed a clear link between exercise and the development of symptoms of anxiety and depression: “insufficiently active” or “inactive” subjects reported significant symptoms of both disorders, while “very active” people showed minimal symptoms of depression and no anxiety-related symptoms.

There are several benefits connected to a regular physical activity and they concern different aspects of our lives. For example, numerous studies have shown that exercise is good for the psyche and can fight mood disorders, thanks to the production of acetylcholine and endorphins, molecules that generate feelings of analgesia and well-being.

In addition, physical activity helps to reduce the risk of developing all the diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle: obesity, diabetes, hypertension and various cardiovascular illness.

For this reason, even in a period of limited movement such as the one we are currently living, it is essential to keep on exercising and to limit sedentary habits as much as possible.

Exercise and its benefits

World Health Organization (WHO) identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality confirming the fundamental importance of physical activity in our lives.

As a means to combat this problem, the WHO recommends 60 minutes of exercise per day for children and adolescents, and 150 minutes per week for adults.

Among the benefits related to regular and adequate levels of exercise, the institute identifies:

  • increased muscular and cardiorespiratory well-being
  • improved bone and functional health
  • reduced risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer and depression
  • reduced risk of falls and hip or vertebral fractures
  • maintaining energy balance and weight control

Another great benefit connected to exercise is the improvement in the quality of sleep. This is what reports the National Sleep Foundation, which conducted a survey on a sample of American adults between the ages of 23 and 60 years, with the aim of exploring the correlation between sleep quality and the amount of exercise performed.

Approximately 76-83% of respondents who normally engage in light, moderate or vigorous physical activity described the quality of their sleep as very good or fairly good; for respondents who do not exercise, the percentage dropped to 56%. In addition, the survey revealed that people who normally exercise were more likely to exceed the minimum number of hours of sleep required during the week.

Training at home

The long quarantine period and the social distancing have encouraged us to adopt virtuous and healthy behaviors for our physique, such as finding the time to exercise every day at home to keep fit both physically and psychologically. A good habit that we are sure will not be abandoned.

Psychophysical wellbeing is an indispensable value for Technogym, which for over 35 years has been committed to promoting Wellness, a lifestyle based on regular exercise, a balanced diet and a positive mental approach.

With Technogym’s home fitness solutions, you can continue to keep in shape right from your home, using innovative, high-performance and design driven products.

Over the last year, Technogym has been working on and perfecting its training programmes and the way to propose them. Thanks to Technogym Live, a revolutionary platform available on all Technogym cardio equipment, you can choose your Training Experience from an extensive on-demand library of video contents: workouts with professional trainers, one-to-one cardio or strength training sessions, athletic training routines.

The Outdoor Virtual Training option offers you virtual and immersive courses set in nature or in the city, and has endless entertainment options that include TV channels, social media, Netflix and a wide range of apps ranging from games to breaking news.

Technogym Live is built-in on all Technogym new generation products: on MyRun and Technogym Bike for home workouts and on the professional lines, so you can keep on training with your favorite programmes also in the gym.

Technogym MyRun is a home fitness product that integrates treadmill, tablet and a dedicated app. This Technogym solution is able to offer the best running experience, thanks to personalized training programmes and feedback on running technique.

Technogym Bike is a highly professional product that offers at home, in the hotel, in the gym or in the office the indoor cycling classes run by the most engaging trainers, from fitness studios in different cities around the world. From the console, you can choose your favourite channel and take part in live classes or select from the extensive on-demand library.

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