In health and in well being: Strolling within the time of COVID-19
19 Oct 2020 – 8:10
The Doha Corniche is among the main locations for individuals who want to get match by jogging or just brisk strolling. PICS: RAYNALD C RIVERA/THE PENINSULA
At 4am, the skies over Doha are pitch black and the town continues to be asleep however Alfred is already wakeful.
Solely the yellow glow emitted by the lampposts lights up his path as he makes his strategy to Najma Park.
He wipes the sweat dripping down his brow; his coronary heart beats quicker whereas his strides flip shorter and swifter.
Early morning brisk walks have been an integral a part of Alfred’s day by day routine which, he says, enhance his vitality making him really feel higher and more healthy contemplating the character of his work.
“My job as an accountant requires that I keep within the workplace, and more often than not I simply sit in entrance of my pc. It may be each boring and dangerous healthwise, that’s why, over a 12 months in the past, I made a decision to see to it that I begin my day with common walks,” he relates.
The COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless, halted his day by day walks for a number of months, however after a quick hiatus he resumed after restrictions had been relaxed three months in the past.
Amid the large well being challenges posed by the pandemic, medical consultants advocate moderate-intensity workouts to realize a wholesome life, a superb instance of which is brisk strolling.
“I began doing 30-minute walks 5 days per week. Now I scaled it as much as one hour and I’ve by no means felt more healthy. After all, I all the time strive my finest to eat wholesome day-after-day to completely obtain a wholesome physique,” mentioned Alfred.
With common brisk strolling comes a large number of advantages which prolong to diabetics in addition to it has been scientifically confirmed to lower blood sugar, enhance cardiovascular health and management weight.
“My has physician suggested me to do some train to decrease my blood sugar, and I opted for brisk strolling which has been very efficient for me,” mentioned Shafeeq, a diabetic who hardly ever fails to have his routine walks day-after-day.
Amid the pandemic, he mentioned there’s nothing to be troubled about “so long as you comply with all of the precautionary measures prompt by consultants and authorities, and conserving a secure distance from different individuals is among the most necessary whereas strolling.”
Security is foremost to Shafeeq that’s why, like Alfred, he takes his day by day walks early within the morning when there are only a few individuals strolling on the park.
Each morning, the 39-year-old engineer by commerce has set a goal variety of steps from his home to the park, the place he completes a number of laps, and again.
“I used to stroll 7,000 to eight,000 steps day by day months in the past earlier than the pandemic, however prior to now three months I exceed 12,000 steps day by day,” he mentioned, expressing satisfaction on the effectiveness of his routine as mirrored within the improved outcomes of his blood exams.
For a change, Shafeeq typically visits the Doha Corniche for his walks specifically throughout weekends.
“Benefit of Qatar is that it affords many choices to stroll round to get match and wholesome with the numerous areas it has developed equivalent to Al Bidda Park, Aspire Park, and the Doha Corniche simply to call just a few,” he mentioned lauding the varied amenities that may be discovered within the parks.
There are round 95 parks in Qatar, majority of which could be present in Doha.
There are a complete of 38 parks positioned in Doha, adopted by Al Rayyan which is dwelling to 29 parks, Umm Salal with 5 parks and Al Sheehaniya with three parks.
With their lengthy winding clear concrete footpaths, the well-maintained superbly manicured parks across the nation additionally function good motivation for individuals like Alfred and Shafeeq to have interaction in health actions.
On how he persistently wakes up each morning to take his walks, Alfred says it’s a matter of dedication and setting priorities.
“In hindsight, I’ve by no means imagined I’d be capable of obtain what I’ve, however based mostly on my expertise I noticed that so long as an individual is set he’ll be capable of do no matter he places his thoughts into,” he mentioned whereas he waves to a different individual strolling on the park.
“We now have constructed a kind of neighborhood of walkers right here. There was a time after I wasn’t capable of go to the park to have my morning walks for a few days as a result of I used to be fairly busy at work and that individual requested me the place I used to be. It feels good that we’ve got turn into acquainted seeing one another each morning that we glance after one another regardless that we don’t personally know each other,” he mentioned.
With the day by day struggles led to by the pandemic, enchancment in a single’s sleep and relieving nervousness are a number of the many advantages of strolling in accordance with some consultants, whereas others say strolling may probably spark one’s creativity.