PV Sindhu’s clear message: Play sports and stay fit to fight COVID

With no vaccine in sight to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Sindhu urged people to follow WHO guidelines and stay fit.

By Rahul Venkat

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu encouraged people to use their time in lockdown wisely and take up some form of physical activity or play some sport to combat the threat of diseases.

“Being physically active helps us stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise can help you reduce serious health issues and also helps with weight management,” PV Sindhu stated at the ‘Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020’ organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

“A healthy lifestyle should be the dream of each individual as it could be a great source of peace and happiness. For me, health is the complete state of physical, mental and social well-being.”

‘Sports can beat the pandemic’

The Indian badminton star also felt the role of physical activity and sports was heightened during these testing times of the coronavirus pandemic.

“COVID-19 is the greatest challenge in front of us as it has robbed us of social, physical, educational and health benefits. It is important to understand the role of sports in the midst of a global crisis,” opined PV Sindhu.

And with no vaccine developed as yet to combat the pandemic, the Indian badminton star advised people to do the next best thing and follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines.

“The WHO recommends adults should do at least 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week... it is more relevant during this pandemic,” the 24-year-old stated.

“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 mins of exercise is important for everyone.”

The Rio 2016 silver medallist had taken part in a live workout session on the Olympics’ Instagram channel on the occasion of Olympic Day on Tuesday

PV Sindhu had talked about the importance of keeping the mind occupied by taking up new things during the lockdown and also encouraged people to take up meditation as a way of keeping the mind calm.