Any time is a good time to take up a sport, and with the easing of lockdown measures people are at a turning point on deciding whether or not to take their first steps.
The temporary situation generated by the spread of COVID-19 has given people the opportunity to use this period of lockdown easing to take up a sport.
As you’ll know, the easing of lockdown in Spain, the “transition to the New Normal”, started last May and ended recently, on June 21.
During the four phases, carried out in an asymmetric and gradual way by each region throughout Spain, a difference was established between professional and non-professional sports.
The latter could be carried out from phase 0: physical activities in the open air, without physical contact, and respecting the established distances.
As the two-week period corresponding to each phase successfully passed, measures were gradually eased until reaching phase 3, when distances were finally removed and it became possible to practice outdoor sports in groups of up to 20 people.
In addition, gyms were allowed to open in this third phase, as well as swimming pools, individual sports, and, generally, anything that can be done by a maximum of two people.
How to take advantage of this moment to start playing sport
Lockdown restrictions are gradually eased because of the need to maintain prevention measures to avoid the spread of the virus.
A rewarding way to take advantage of the free time we have is to commit ourselves to taking up a sport and gradually enter into the world of physical exercise, with all the benefits and fulfilment this can bring.
By practicing sport, we energise our body and prepare ourselves mentally for a full and healthy life.
Benefits of taking up a sport
Better overall fitness
Depending on the rhythm and activity we carry out, we’ll keep in good shape, and help prevent cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and diabetes, amongst others.
Slimming and losing weight
This requires a combination of appropriate diet and daily physical activity.
Depending on the degree of excess weight, we should aim to carry out specific exercises, progressively, and constantly.
Reduces the risk of injury
Exercise allows us to build greater strength and flexibility, proper muscle tone, better coordination, and good postural habits.
In this way, ailments and injuries in our daily lives are prevented.
It releases endorphins, the so-called “happiness hormones”
Levels of this hormone are increased when practicing sport, generating a feeling of well-being that helps us keep active and equips us with a positive attitude for tackling our day-to-day.
Sport as a remedy for the anxiety you’re feeling now
In particular, having had to spend a long period of time locked up at home as a result of the pandemic, we’ve been easy prey to anxiety and panic, in addition to the stress produced by the alarming daily news.
This is on top of our typically sedentary lifestyle…
All this creates physical and emotional imbalances, which, if we do not take adequate measures, can leave us with serious consequences that put our health at risk.
A timely, stimulating and effective solution for the times we’re living through is to take up a sport, as it’s certain to provide a positive balance to our mood and body.
Which sport to take up?
The first thing you should do is ask yourself the following question: what results do I hope to achieve by practicing a sport?
Clear your mind
If you want to improve your mental well-being and get away from so much toxic information: ride your bike for around 30 minutes a day.
Get in shape
If you’re looking to get in good shape, you could start with activities, 3 days a week, that allow you to work your whole body, raise your pulse, and lower your cortisol levels.
For people who were active before the pandemic but couldn’t move throughout confinement, try functional training, where certain metabolic routines will help you burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.
The majority of gyms, where you can play tennis, badminton and padel, are now open.
To be in contact with Nature
As it’s summer, you can also practice water sports like paddle surfing, kayaking, etc. And if you want to move faster, you can skate or skateboard.
Hiking is also a good option to exercise while enjoying nature.
Taichi, which combines the physical and the spiritual, is similar to Yoga and ideal to practice in small groups and in open spaces like parks and gardens.
For those staying inside
Additionaly, with today’s technological advances it’s possible to practice sport at home through zoom tutorials or other audio-visual media, which many of us professionals have offered during the pandemic.
Take advantage of this time by taking up the sport that gives you the most satisfaction, and progressively improve your performance.
You’ll see how your body thanks you!
- El proceso de desescalada en el ámbito deportivo (2020).
- BOE núm. 126, de 6 de mayo de 2020
- Desescalada COVID 19: Fase 3.
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