With vaccines being rolled out across the world and extra safety measures being taken by everyone, the end of the pandemic feels closer than ever before. It has been a difficult year in terms of sports, and many people have found themselves restricted in both viewing and playing sports. Participating in sporting activities can be beneficial for the mind and body, and can real-ly lift your spirit and improve your mood. There are ways you can stay active and take part in sports even during the pandemic.
Play Fantasy Sports
Whether it’s fantasy baseball, soccer or basketball, playing online simulation games can make you feel like you are taking part in the sport in real life. Fantasy sports combines virtual gaming with real-life sports, and online competition can give you a sense of community. Besides the healthy competition, playing e-sports is a great way to socialize and meet like-minded people. Diamond Mind Online is a virtual baseball game – it enables participants to select past and pre-sent Major League Baseball players to create their very own Dream Team. For baseball stats, vir-tual fun and a bit of friendly competition, visit the Imagine Sports website.
Virtual Fitness Classes
The world as we know it feels as though it is on pause at the moment, due to government guidelines like social distancing and staying indoors. However, most people are lucky enough to access a lot of things online. Besides e-sports, there are many virtual fitness classes to choose from on the web. Whether you’re working from home as a result of the pandemic or you’re cooped up with nothing to do, a home workout can break up a monotonous day. Not to men-tion, some virtual workouts are live, which means you can participate in a virtual class full of people. Working out with others is motivating when you’re feeling low on energy. On the other hand, pre-recorded classes offer you the flexibility of working out whenever you are free. This is great for people who have a hectic, ever-changing schedule. Taking part in classes such as dance, pilates and HIIT can help you stay active, even if you can’t hit the gym or play sports outdoors.
It may be risky to take part in team sports with a high number of players, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on sports altogether. Being physically active can reduce your health risk, improve your mental wellbeing and strengthen your body. It can also help increase your chance of living longer, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 150 minutes of physical activity a week can lower your risk of early death by 33 percent. Take up an exercise that doesn’t require meeting up with other people. This could mean dusting off your old sneakers and going for a quick jog in the park, or taking your bicycle for a ride around the block. If you live close to natural surroundings then embrace the great outdoors by going on a hike. Hiking in nature can increase your fitness levels and build endurance.