Sindhu Mantra: Sports Can Help Win COVID-19 Battle, Physical Activity A Must
New Delhi: Accomplished shuttler P.V. Sindhu believes that in the absence of a proper vaccine, sports can help the world win the battle against coronavirus pandemic.
Urging everyone to make physical activity an integral part of their lives, the Olympic and World Championships silver-medallist said: “Sports and other physical activities are very important to maintain a strong immune system and since there is no vaccine or treatment yet, sports can help win this battle,” Sindhu said on Monday during the inauguration of ‘Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020’, organised by FICCI.
Stressing on the importance of following recommendations of World Health Organisation (WHO), Sindhu advised the people to devote some time for physical activity.
“The WHO recommends an adult should do at least 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week to combat threat of heart disease, diabetics, high blood pressure, cancer and depression and it is more relevant during this pandemic,” she said.
“It is the ideal time to try a new activity. I would recommend everybody to do some sort of exercise. Being a sportsperson, I can say just 45 minutes of exercise is important for everyone,” she added.
Over 8.5 million people have been infected by the deadly coronavirus globally, with more than 450,000 people losing their lives. In India, the number of positive coronavirus cases has been jumping rapidly and has crossed 4.25 lakh, of whom 13,700 people have died.