Exercising Lockdown

I am intrigued with the surge in exercising during our various lockdowns in Ireland and I presume it is pretty much the same in many other countries.

Could it be that when Covid is finally under control that kids especially will continue to play outdoors and go for cycles, sea swims, surfing, cycling, walking, running, roller-skating ….

Could this possibly be a long-term benefit of the whole Covid horror or will there be a revert back to screens and indoor play dates.

It is such a change to see so many people out in the fresh air. I’m just not sure, though, if it’s the fit getting fitter or if there are new recruits who will have gained a love of outdoor exercise and its benefits and keep it up.

What do you reckon?

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

20 thoughts on “Exercising Lockdown”

  1. My experience has been that it’s basically the same people doing the same things. There are no more people on my walking trails than there were before the pandemic. Among my friends, the ones who always exercised still do, the ones who never did still don’t, and the ones who exercised in fits and starts still do that too.

  2. Exercise and being outside in the fresh air has it’s benefits plus connecting with nature is not a bad thing. It brings life to all our senses ..Hopefully kids will want to be outside more and enjoy the benefits of being free of things that demand our attention all the time..

  3. I reckon that I just do not know. “People do what they do, and don’t do what they won’t. They either will or they won’t.” I would give credit for that line, but I do not know where I heard it. I do reckon that I need to get in the exercising mode!

    1. I define it: moving more than your fingers. :). I have been less active since Covid, other than the times I can get outdoors in the yard, but tomorrow is a new day.

  4. I’m in the midst of a different kind of lockdown in Houston, TX. Freezing weather, snow, no electricity, no water. I’m lucky to have gas kitchen stove so I am warm. Power came back on today after two days off. It has been a trials, and the pandemic is being affected because vaccine freezers went down too. What a mess.

  5. There are WAY more people taking to the outdoors here. OK maybe it’s only walking a few miles and enjoying a takeaway coffee but more people are sure to have discovered an appreciation of the outdoors. Also there’s a noticeable increase in sea bathing, I’ll pass on that for sure. And we, at Jersey Joggers, have never had such consistently high numbers out on a Saturday morning (with a consequent need to split up to remain Covid compliant). It’s a healthy sign and let’s hope it’s permanent.

    1. That’s interesting, Roy. Sounds so like here,
      I’m surprised that the Jersey Joggers are still ‘allowed’ to meet as a group. That kind of thing is out the window here for the foreseeable but the ocean is crammed full!

      You’d wonder if it will all be like a bad dream for many in post Covid times, when things are as normal as they will ever be or will the habit of exercising stick, so to speak.

      1. Yes we can meet in small groups outdoors, maintaining social distance. I think people here have respected that ‘freedom’ and have done their best. Tomorrow cafes and restaurants reopen which, although there are safety protocols, is a big test.

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