Gyms, stadiums, pools, dancing and fitness studios, physiotherapy centres, parks, and playgrounds in Italy have all been closed due to the Covid 19 global outbreak. As a result, many people cannot engage in their usual solo or group sporting or physical activities outside of their homes.
Many people become less physically active, spend more time on screens, have inconsistent sleep patterns, and eat more inadequate diets due to these factors, leading to weight increase and a loss of physical fitness. Tourists are particularly prone to the harmful consequences of stay-at-home laws because they often have to lodge throughout the period making physical activity harder.
Effects of no-sporting on Students, ex-pats, and tourists in Italy
Lack of access to sports and physical activity on these particular people in Italy can have mental health consequences, exacerbating tension or worry that they will feel due to being cut off from everyday social and educational life. Tourists will most likely spend more money because of this unexpected pandemic. Students, on the other hand, will lose concentration in their studies. However, they can still get involved in social distancing sports to keep fit.
For many of them, exercising at home is very important, but it is still a viable option without any equipment or in a small space. If you spend a lot of time sitting at home, there may be ways to be more active during the day, such as stretching, cleaning, climbing stairs, or dancing to music.
There are also numerous free materials available, particularly for those with internet access, to stay active throughout the epidemic. Physical fitness games, for example, can appeal to individuals of all ages and can be played in confined settings. Strength training, which does not require a vast space but helps maintain muscle strength, is another crucial part of maintaining physical fitness, especially for older people or physical limitations. The global community has quickly adapted by providing online material customized to diverse groups, ranging from free social media tutorials to family-friendly stretching, meditation, yoga, and dance workshops.
Social Distancing during sports
Maintaining a comfortable barrier between oneself and other individuals not from your household is known as social distance, sometimes known as “physical separation.”
During any sports activity, always stay at least 6 feet (approximately two arm lengths) away from persons not from your household in indoor and outdoor areas to develop social or physical separation.
Ensure to participate in sports activities with known people and not strangers that are Italians. Remember, sweats and touching of sports equipment keep you liable to the disease faster, so always be cautious.
COVID-19 is spread primarily through prolonged close contact (within 6 feet). When someone infected sneezes, coughs or speaks, droplets from their mouth or nose go into thin air and end up in the noses or mouths of those nearby. Inhalation of the droplets is also possible.
According to recent research, Italians infected but didn’t show symptoms likely contributed to COVID-19’s spread. Because they can spread the virus before they even realize they are sick, it’s essential to keep at least 6 feet away from Italians and non-Italians at all times, even if you or they don’t have any symptoms.
Other Options students, ex-pats, and tourists can find helpful.
Consider going for a walk, a stroll, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in Italy, mainly the small villages that are less crowded or in another safer location where you can maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other non-Italians. If you are a tourist or student, you can decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility, first check for closures or restrictions. If the gathering is open to the general public, consider how many other people will be attending and find a location where you can retain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and Italians.