Answer Bank: How to work out during COVID-19?
Updated 15:44, 15-Jul-2020
Wang Yutong

Life has become more sedentary than ever since the coronavirus outbreak. Gyms and dance studios have shut their doors, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't work out. 

If you've been spending more time on the sofa, it's time to shake things up.


Outdoor exercise

In general, exercises like running, jogging, and biking alone can be done with minimal risk of catching or spreading the virus.

Keeping hands clean is very important since we tend to touch our face and nose when we sweat.

Minimize contact with shared surfaces.

Sports performed in groups and involving physical contact such as ball games are a no-go.

Extreme sports such as skiing, surfing and rock climbing are probably best left for another time.

But before you lace up your shoes, check what local health officials are advising. If there are diagnosed or suspected cases around your neighborhood, reducing time outdoors is highly suggested.

Home exercises

Performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are good ways to stay active at home, or just stand whenever possible to reduce your leisure time.

Following online exercise programs is another way to keep moving. YouTube channels featuring a variety of free workouts and exercise apps are there to help you as well.

If space is an issue for you, try yoga, Pilates, or something that includes simple floor work.

Dancing is an excellent way to protect the heart and stay fit as well as let off some steam. So why not shake the stress away while shimmying to the music?

The WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week.

Regular exercise is a great way to strengthen the immune system and manage stress, especially during testing times like these.

All of these above-mentioned tips are easy to follow, so put down the phone and get moving!