World Champion PV Sindhu on Monday urged everyone to get indulge in some physical activity and make that an integral part of their daily routine. Sindhu believes sports can help win the battle against coronavirus pandemic in the absence of a vaccine. The Olympic silver medallist stressed on the fact that sports help people to maintain a strong immune system which can help in fighting the long battle against any disease. Also Read - Working Overtime? Long Working Hours Could Lead to Serious Health Hazard Including Death, Says WHO
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“Sports and other physical activities are very important to maintain a strong immune system and since there are yet no vaccine or treatment, sports can help win this battle,” Sindhu said during the inauguration of ‘Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020’, a virtual exhibition and conference organised by FICCI from June 22-26. Also Read - Delhi Registers 4524 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 10,918 Recoveries In Last 24 Hours
In India, the count of infected has crossed 4.25 lakh and nearly 13,700 people have died.
Sindhu, a front-runner to qualify for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, said it is important to follow the recommendations of the World health Organisation (WHO) and spend some time for physical activity.
“The WHO recommends 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 sports person, I can say just 45 mins of exercise is important for everyone.”
Top Indian shuttlers, including Sindhu, have been confined to their homes for more than three months due to the lockdown, enforced to contain the spread of the disease.
While a few sportspersons have resumed training in some parts of the country, Hyderabad-based shuttlers are waiting for the Talengana government to lift the lockdown in the state.