By Catherine Ageno
As the world marked the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace yesterday, the Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland emphasised the importance of exercise during the Covid-19 lockdown.
She is concerned that public parks have been gated shut, beaches emptied and stadia deserted, as an unprecedented 2.5 billion people across the world are told to sit at home.
Measures such as closing gyms, shutting sports facilities and staying at home have put a limit on a person’s mobility and exercise.
She warns that this enforced inactivity can contribute to periods of intense stress and can lead to long-term negative health impacts.
Commonwealth athletes, including Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o Ghana’s Olympian Akwasi Frimpong and Kenya’s Eluid recommend several online series, virtual classes and resources, including Jamaica Moves, to help people stay active, improve mental health and reduce the risks of developing non-infectious diseases.