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What is the best way to stay fit during COVID-19? Show more Show less

Being mandated to stay inside for extended periods mean that opportunities to keep fit during the COVID-19 epidemic are limited. As we suffer from greatly reduced access to activity and move to a largely sedentary lifestyle, how can we make sure we stay fit?

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Rather than numbing your brain with continuous Netflix, try and keep your mind nimble.
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Mindfulness can help you stay fit during Covid-19

Habitually practicing mindfulness can help you to stay grounded during what can be a mentally grueling time.
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Context

The Argument

In order to stay fit during Covid-19, it is important to stay mentally healthy. As a result of the pandemic, people have experienced anxiety and stress. This can have a negative impact on a person’s mental health and can physically impact their health by causing high blood pressure, headaches, and insomnia.[1] This means that mental health is extremely important to staying fit. Mindfulness is a practice that allows people to take control of their mental health, and therefore their physical health. Mindfulness can give people peace of mind during the pandemic. Practicing mindfulness is shown to reduce anxiety and stress, improve memory, focus, and emotional control.[2] There is a lot of uncertainty due to the coronavirus, and practicing mindfulness can help a person anchor themselves to the present. People can practice mindfulness through meditation, observing their breathing, and focusing on their physical senses. Although practicing mindfulness will not fix every problem a person encounters, it can put them in a healthy mindset to confront their situation. Therefore, mindfulness helps a person cope with their situation during Covid-19.

Counter arguments

Mindfulness does not provide enough substantial benefits to be considered an essential practice for health during Covid-19. There are other activities that provide individuals with both physical and mental health benefits such as exercising and adequate sleep.

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Premises

[P2] People are suffering from stress and anxiety during the pandemic. [P2] Mindfulness can help people decrease their stress and anxiety. [P3] Therefore, mindfulness can help you stay mentally fit during Covid-19.

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References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body#2
  2. https://healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed/postings/2020/04/mindfulness-coronavirus.php

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