One of the positive things that has come out of this confinement is witnessing the many people that have taken up exercise. Whilst I was cycling around the neighbourhood with my daughter over the weekend, we saw young and older couples, families and individuals of all ages either running, power walking, cycling or just going for a long stroll.
We could tell by the disparate levels of fitness and some other tell-tell signs, between those who were reconnecting with their exercise routine and those have been at it for a while. Nevertheless, we were delighted that they had chosen to be physically active once again.
Science hasn’t really fully understood why exercise is good for us, but the data is compelling. There is a clear and evident inverse relationship between physical exercise and the manifestation of disease, meaning that the more regularly we exercise, the less prone we are to illness.
Knowing that the people we ran into this weekend will boost their immune system, get better sleep, keep their weight in check, improve their mood and access natural energy as a result of their investment in exercise, was really a much needed refreshing thought in times like these.