With Squash venues still in temporary closure, keeping your immune system healthy is important when you return to playing, but getting into a set regime is equally as important when venues reopen to prevent another lockdown.
Whether you are an avid Squash player, factoring in other activities alongside your Squash game, can boost your health and could help improve your immune system immensely – hence, you will have a great game win or lose, at least you will well enough to recover.
What we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, has shown that people of ages will always ensure that they need to keep healthy and most stay safe; thus, this extends to their loved ones too.
Ever since the global pandemic, keeping your immune system healthy is crucial to your health and wellbeing – however, with venues shut down temporarily it is going to be essential to fit to play, as staff will conduct checks on participants to ensure safe to enter venue too.
Exercise and a balanced diet keep your antibodies safe.
Some of the best ways you can keep your immune system healthy include:
1) Hiking & Walking
A study by Stanford University linked 90-minute bouts of hiking and walking with decreased activity in the part of your brain associated with depression. The more hard terrain of trail hiking increases your workout intensity and you get to see more of nature.
Latest research has shown walking has become a popular activity during the lockdown, so in a way, it is way dual training activity with friends outdoors, given the government social distancing protocols on meeting up indoors.
2) Strength Training
Most fitness experts suggest strength training is essential that can improve your coordination, better cognitive function, higher bone density, and reduce back pain in inactive adults, thus helping you look and feel better.
The NHS suggests some of the best types of strength training exercises you can do for a healthy immune system are:
- Climbing Stairs (indoors or outdoors)
- Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, and Squats
For any junior Squash athlete, these activities can be a part of lockdown exercises at home with a dual workout with a family member – in fact, walking is an excellent activity for the family.
Furthermore, any of form exercise or physical activity alternatives are important to our mental health and help us improve our performance on the court.
3) A balanced diet
Many nutritional experts have stated by not having the right foods can cause a nutritional deficiency and make us more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.
It is essential that you eat your diet comprises a variety of nutritional foods that can help you maintain a healthy immune system – always ensure you have a balanced diet of certain foods and have a cheat day – a sugary treat.
Some of the best types of whole foods you could incorporate into your diet include grains, beans, nuts, and seeds, which provide great daily nutritional value along with sweet-tasting vegetables and leafy greens.
Squash is officially the world’s healthiest sport, but it is going to be important to keep your immune system healthy, as we tackle this global pandemic to ward off viruses and infections.
The top Squash coaches may need to incorporate some advanced training techniques in sessions in order to help younger Squash players, aligned with a key requirement for Squash pros to safeguard their health in the off-season.
To sum up, all junior Squash athletes must receive lessons on health & wellbeing in school, along with practical lessons on exercise and nutrition in their PE GCSE lessons – as this is something is going crucial for helping them understand health issues such as obesity, in the modern society.
Not only should children have lessons on health & wellbeing, by allowing adults to receive lessons on why it is important to have a healthy immune system; could stop the temporary closure of Squash venues and bring about a return to normal life in which recreational players can take part in the sport with no social distancing (but moderate) rules in place.