How regular exercise can help to protect you against Covid-19

While the way we have been exercising has changed quite a bit of late in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak, the benefits of physical exercise don’t change when there’s a global pandemic.

At RWFL, we have carefully considered how we can ensure that members still reap all of these benefits of physical exertion without putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus.

This is in line with our philosophy of putting the health of our walkers and runners first by helping them to strengthen their immune systems and overall health, while still adhering to the health and safety protocols related to Covid-19.

The benefits of regular exercise

There is loads of scientific evidence supporting the hypothesis that a physically active lifestyle helps to reduce the incidence of both communicable and non-communicable diseases (things like bacterial and viral infections, and cancer or diabetes, respectively). Aside from supporting our natural immune responses, moderate to vigorous physical exertion a few times a week can also help to improve sleep and concentration.

Aside from the physiological benefits that exercise has, it is also important to note (especially in a time when people are experiencing a unique and unprecedented period of stress and anxiety) that staying fit also helps to curb the symptoms of a number of psychological conditions.

Regular physical activity has been shown to improve mood (both over the long and the short term), elevate self-esteem and effectively treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

As we invite our members back to RWFL branches all across the country, we do so knowing that safely exercising will help our walkers and runners to keep their chins up in more ways than one, as we navigate this trying time.

Please take note of the following health and safety precautions in terms of attending RWFL sessions:

– If, before or during exercise, you are feeling unusual symptoms like chest pain, dizziness or light-headedness, or have difficulty breathing, please do not attend sessions and stop exercising immediately.

– Please do not attend sessions if you are showing flu-like symptoms, including elevated temperature, a sore throat, stiff joints, a general lack of energy, a dry cough, or suffer from uncontrolled asthma.

– Please do not attend sessions if you suffer from any of the following comorbidities:
• Uncontrolled diabetes (type 1)
• Uncontrolled heart issues
• Virally unsuppressed HIV
• Any other immune-suppressed conditions.

Please also do not attend if you are currently undergoing chemotherapy.

We are excited to welcome you back and help you to stay healthy!

Remember to bring your own water, and we’ll see you on the road and field.