Exercise is one of the many precautions that we need to take in order to defend ourselves from the Coronavirus. This is not a surprise. In general, good health measures every day is what we need to do in order to stay healthy – short-term and long-term. The Israel Defense Forces is probably the main reason that people are rather healthy in the State of Israel. Each year, most people between the age of 20-40 have a few weeks of reserve duty in the Israeli Army which serves as a reminder of the need to get back into shape. On the health level, this is an absolute blessing.
Workouts at home should be part of everyone’s exercise regimen. In order to maximize the opportunities that each person will have every day to stay in shape, they should never allow themselves to only exercise when they are near a gym or a swimming pool. There are so many things that a person can do when they are at home, such as stretching, basic weightlifting and jumping in place. No matter how cold or hot it is outside, a quick workout is doable in one’s bedroom or living room.
This should be one of the many things we inculcate into our lives due to the Coronavirus epidemic. But it should not stay there. This virus should serve as a general wake up call on multiple levels for all of humanity. It should serve as a reminder that we are all connected to one another. There is nothing we can do that does not somehow affect the rest of the people in our immediate surroundings and beyond. But most of all, we should never forget about the fragility of life and our total dependence on the One above. It is only God who runs this world and it is He who we need to remember that truly runs things down here. We may have free will on so many levels, but we are not alone. Let’s stay healthy, pray, and be better to one another in our personal and communal lives.