Complete lockdown, social distancing, hand hygiene and all the other guidelines proposed by the authorities will help us fight the extremely contagious coronavirus. It’s all proven to be so good so far, but we need something more effective to reduce mortality and morbidity. With no vaccines or medications, how can we reduce mortality? The answer to this question is - lifestyle changes. Prehabilitation can be one effective alternative for the current scenario. It may help us combat the coronavirus in a better way while we are confined indoors.
The term prehabilitation was coined during World War II to prepare the soldiers for the war front. It’s nothing but a preparation approach that is designed to increase the functional capacity of a human. It involves nutrition, hygiene, physical training, and exercise.
We too need to prepare ourselves along these lines to be able to fight this pandemic.
Physical fitness is something that all of us need to maintain in the current pandemic situation. Physical activity is a must for all, and we must remain active even while we are restricted indoors. It might sound bizarre, but engaging in household chores like cleaning, dusting, mopping, gardening, etc. will help you stay fit and burn calories. Combine your regular chores with yoga exercises like surya-namaskar, pranayama or any other form for better results.
Meditation during these times will boost your mental and psychological strength, which in turn will help your immune system grow stronger and prevent disease.
Good nutrition is important for good health. We must be careful about what we eat, and must maintain good eating habits during the lockdown period. With the following simple diet alterations, you can take care of your health.
Lockdown is inevitable and our best bet to contain the virus. It can get dull and boring at home, but there are a lot of things that you can do. Use this time productively, do things that you wanted to, but never had the time for. Pursue new hobbies, read books, catching up on old friends, learn something, and just relax while you still can. Forget about everything that stresses you, just be with your family and relax.
Lastly, be positive. We are all in it together and we’ll get out of it together. Life will be normal soon enough.
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