Exercising regularly is a benefit for both the body and the mind. It can help reduce a number of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and many different cancers. People with underlying non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity have a high risk for developing severe and even fatal COVID-19, therefore physical activity is encouraged for all.
Living during a pandemic can be very stressful, and doing regular physical activity can improve mental health and generally make us feel better.
The more you interact with others, the higher your risk of COVID-19 infection. In line with the latest guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre related to COVID-19, several precautions have been adopted to minimize the risk of infection.
To reduce your risk while exercising:
Doing physical activity while at home is particularly encouraged to reduce risk associated with interaction with other people.
Taking short active breaks to perform activities such as dancing, playing with children, and performing domestic chores such as cleaning and gardening are other means to stay active at home and reach recommended physical activity goals.
When possible, taking an online exercise class is another great way to stay active at home while benefiting from a professional’s guidance.
Walking is another easy but great way to be active at home. Walking in place or in small spaces is also beneficial.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.rbc.gov.rw