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With Covid 19 variants on the rise, it’s important that we do our part. Get vaccinated, get boosted, wash your hands, social distance and mask up. Some businesses are not requiring masks, but if you feel sick or you’ve been around someone who has shown symptoms, mask up for those around you.
Infectious Disease Specialist, Mark Rupp, M.D. said, “The original omicron variant is gone now. Currently sub variants of omicron are circulating, including BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1.” The two newer omicron sub variants, BA.4 and BA.5 are increasing. “These variants ebb and flow across the country. Now it’s our turn to be dealing with BA.4 and BA. 5 as the situation evolves.”
The best way to prevent the new variants is to slow the spread of the virus. Once again, get a boosted, if you're eligible, get vaccinated, choose outdoor activities whenever possible, wash your hands, avoid close contact with others, wear a mask in public whenever possible and stay home if you're sick or have Covid 19 symptoms.
Specific findings from a CDC systematic review found that physical activity is associated with a decrease in Covid 19 hospitalizations and deaths, while being inactive increases the risks. Physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your health now and in the future.
People who sit less and engage in moderate to vigorous activity develop some healthy habits. Being physically active is important for your mental health, and can have immediate benefits for your mood while reducing anxiety.
Regular physical activity helps to reduce the risk of some chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. Exercise can also improve sleep quality. Getting adequate sleep is not a luxury, it’s fundamental to good health. Emerging research also suggests physical activity may also boost immune function.
One in four adults is inactive, meaning that they don’t get any exercise outside of their regular job. Only about one in four adults and one in six high school students fully meets the physical activity guidelines. Being inactive contributes to 1 in 10 premature deaths. Remember, any exercise is better than nothing at all. It's recommended to get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. That doesn’t mean all at one time, you can break it up to what fits your schedule. The main takeaway is get out and get active!
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