As noted on the Government website, “staying active is a vital weapon against COVID-19, which is why people will always be able to, and encouraged to, exercise even during periods of tough restrictions”.
Last year the Government released guidance for the public and sport providers on how to proceed with group sports during COVID-19 – the current advice for group sports which require participants to be in frequent close proximity to each other (such as rugby or netball) states that both training and game-play should be adapted to “reduce the level of contact so far as reasonably possible and take steps to minimise risk”.
Lockdown has taught us all about the importance of interacting with other humans, and now that social distancing restrictions are beginning to loosen many people looking to get back into, or start, group sports to combine exercise and socialising. With this in mind, we questioned Vitality to get expert advice on the topic, including new physical activity data, the benefits of physical exercise (and specifically group sports), and some helpful injury prevention tips for restarting sports after a break. Read on to find out more…
New physical activity data
Tracking data from Vitality’s 1.3 million members showed 28% fewer physical events (such as cardio sessions, daily step counts and gym workouts) during a two-week period – from 16 to 26 March 2020 – compared to the 10 weeks period of 6 January to 15 March 2020.
Most prominently this was driven by significant reductions in the number of members achieving daily step goals of 7,000, 10,000, or 12,500 while people stayed at home. However, as lockdown measures eased (1 June to 28 June 2020), cardio sessions have been 45% higher than before lockdown as people kickstarted exercise routines.
Benefits of physical exercise and playing group sports
There are many benefits of physical exercise, including for both our physical and mental health. For example, regular exercise helps to increase our overall health and fitness levels, reducing the chance of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
Of course, there are also many positive social interaction aspects – social exercise through group sports can be a fantastic way to build relationships, and in many ways can form a support system. Being part of a team can also lead to improved self-esteem.
For more information on the mental health benefits of physical exercise, visit: https://adviser.vitality.co.uk/insights/mental-and-physical-health-relationship/
Injury prevention tips
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and should not replace the relationship that exists between a patient and their existing healthcare provider. Cavendish Online are not liable or responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided by third party experts, nor for the content or operation of any third-party websites, webpages, or resources which have been linked to within this article. *Advice and information correct as of 20/04/2021