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October 16, 2020

by April Ann Brillantes

This year with the COVID-19 Pandemic, a lot of things are limited. One of the great constraints we need to undergo is meeting or being with our friends, co-workers, classmates, and possibly our own family too. We are ordered to observe social distancing especially outside our houses and any public areas. Everyone was affected by this and made a great impact on the government, businesses, health care providers, education, the livelihood of everyone, and finally our physical activities for our health.

But why do we still need to prioritize our physical activity? This question is already common even when we started studying PE in our respective schools back then. Our teachers would keep on reminding us that performing regular physical activities benefits both of our body and mind. These lessons are now needed and helpful especially in this time of the pandemic. That is why everyone is encouraged to perform physical activities because it improves our strength and flexibility, improves our self-confidence and self-esteem, weight control, reduces human accidents, delays illnesses, and diseases, and improves our lifestyle and mental state.

In performing a regular physical activity, safety should always be the first to be observed, especially with the virus just lurking around the corner, followed by the guidelines and protocols in terms of performing physical activities in public places.

There are tips here in our pocket that we would love to share with you:

  • First, wear the proper apparel, especially the right shoes and a trustworthy mask.
  • Use the correct equipment for workouts.
  • Bring some handy hygiene kits.
  • Stretching properly and warming up before performing any physical activity.
  • Be hydrated always.
  • Stay at least 2 meters away from others.
  • Keep in mind that we need to avoid touching any shared objects.
  • Always be mindful of the news updates about Covid-19, there is nothing wrong in overthinking for our own safety.
  • Lastly, be always alert in knowing when and where to perform the activity.

By trying to follow these tips, performing exercises will be more assured and safe. Still, staying at home is the safest of them all.

According to the recent news here in Davao City, the cases of COVID-19 patients within the weeks of October elevated after lifting the curfew, and liquor ban—inflicting fear to Dabawenyos and affecting every family and work again. However, we still need to maintain our body healthy and active. So what should we do then? We have to weigh things if we need to perform any physical activity at public places where Covid-19 is possibly present or to perform it instead of inside our houses with limited spaces to work out. In the end, the answer to this is to still focus on caring for ourselves and our families. So choosing to be contained inside our houses to work out is safer, efficient, and a wiser decision.

The pandemic is still inflicting us all, but that should not stop us from taking care of ourselves and our family. Making responsible decisions should be taken seriously to avoid more damage to everyone. Let us help ourselves and each other so that our world will spin again like back then.