Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. We walked ran, lifted and carried, we pushed and pulled; we dug, harvested and gathered; we danced; jumped and climbed, but things have changed- we have changed.
The physical inactivity epidemic has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has caused a large percentage of the global population to live under some form of lockdown with gyms, stadiums, pools, dance and fitness studios, physiotherapy centres, parks and playgrounds closed. As a result, many of us have been less physically active, have had far longer screen time, irregular sleep patterns and worse diets, resulting in for many of us, weight gain and a loss of physical fitness. In other words, COVID-19 has not only been a disaster in terms of lives and jobs lost, but the lockdowns enforced across the world have also been a disaster for our health and fitness.
Fortunately, with lockdowns now easing in some countries, including China, it’s time to start moving again and thinking about our general health and fitness.