While being fit won’t prevent you from catching the virus it does have many other protective benefits for athletes. Physical activity releases endorphins — chemicals in your brain that revitalize your mind and body — and it can help to improve all aspects of your overall health. Exercise can help ease depression, stress, and anxiety, and aid in the management of chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. This means finding new ways to get moving and staying motivated allows you to take charge of your mood and well-being, retain a sense of control during uncertain times, and stay on track with your exercise goals when your routine is disrupted.
In addition to the general benefits of exercise on our body and mind, there are specific benefits to the way your joints move, your posture, your experience of body aches/pains, and your sports performance. Benefits of exercise move from general to specific when the optimal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and technical execution all line up to complement an athlete’s needs and goals.
We all have a limited amount of time, energy, and attention during this day and age. Sadly, there’s no shortage of online classes and fitness programs that really can do more damage than good. Are you moving better? Are you just replacing one body ache for another? Do you feel like you are just going through the motions and slogging? Do you walk away feeling more aligned and topped up with energy, or do you leave class feeling sore, tight, and drained?