Stay safe and active during the lockdown
15:46 Thu, 26 Mar 2020
Stay safe and active during the lockdown | News Article
Morné Castelyn - Morgan Piek
It is no longer a secret that for South Africa and the rest of the world it is a time of uncertainty due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, which is wreaking havoc and showing no signs of subsiding anytime soon.

This week, as an extraordinary and proactive measure to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, we will be going on a 21-day lockdown. This means that only under special circumstances such as seeking medical attention or buying food people will be allowed to leave their residence.

For sportsmen and those with an active lifestyle, this will have an impact on how things are done, especially when it comes to maintaining high levels of fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Living a healthy lifestyle is essential in combatting this pandemic and in a certain way, this crisis can be seen as a golden opportunity to re-think past lifestyles and hit the reset button.

With the measures put in place by the government one cannot go for a jog, a walk, a swim or visit your local gym for the foreseeable future, but there are ways of staying active in isolation. After all, prisoners have been able to do it for many years. Charles Arthur Salvador, better known as Charles Bronson, is an English criminal who has been referred to as the most violent prisoner in Britain and wrote a book titled "Solitary Fitness" on this very subject.

A little bit of research will steer one in the right direction of training at home, and sets of stairs can prove to be invaluable in this time.

Bloemfontein Courant has spoken0to  Morné Castelyn, a sport scientist at Sport Performance Clinic (SPC), and he warns that while a lot can be done, high-intensity workouts should be avoided if possible.

"The big danger that you going to find yourself in is that guys are going to become quite sedentary because guys are at home. Big joke going around is that guys can lie around at home and save the world.

"Routine will be important. If you want use this time to reset your life from a fitness, health and wellness point of view, get up in the morning and train in the morning.

"If you do some training there are a lot of home training programmes one can do. Running on the spot, moderate box jumps, bodyweight training, focusing on core and mobility and stuff like that. You don't always need to focus on pumping a lot of weights to get the desired outcome and endorphin high.

"You can focus on supplementary training modalities. Stuff like flexibility, core work and moderate aerobic work. It's a time where you don't want to do too much high-intensity training. If you are used to it, fantastic. If you aren't used to it, to put your body under that stress while we've got the virus in the air, is not the wisest decision at the moment."

Studies have shown that being active do improve one's immune system, but by the same token high intercity training can put your body under a lot of unnecessary stress.

For now… stay healthy, be wise and be safe.

@MorganPiek OFM Sport

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