Indoor exercise boom among Chinese amid efforts to curb coronavirus


Fitness coach Fan Dongquan at Jinan Hot Blood Fitness Studio in China’s Shandong Province conducted a 90-minute fitness course on-line for free on Thursday.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has kept a lot of Chinese like Fan from outdoors activities since late January, therefore, indoors exercise has become a crucial way to keep body remain healthy.

The sports community in China, from individuals to the authorities in the least levels, stood forward in order to actively promote indoors exercises to fight against the epidemic.

China’s State General Administration of Sport has called upon sports departments in the least levels to market simple and scientific exercises reception and further fitness knowledge, as well as advocate a healthy lifestyle via different media during the epidemic.

In fact, sports departments round the country have already released a series of indoor exercise programs with accompanying text, pictures and videos.

For example, the Beijing Municipal Sports Bureau released an entire set of workouts reception, including stretching and strength training, on Wednesday.

Rizhao Municipal Sports Bureau of Shandong Province has also released some instructions of Taichi, Yoga and ‘Five Animals Play.’ Meanwhile, they invited local social sports instructors to demonstrate the methods in videos, in order that citizens can follow experts to find out the way to compute reception.

Sports Bureaus of Qingdao and Yantai also released on their Wechat platforms, the health-promoting ancient Chinese exercises-Baduanjin with detailed instructions. Beijing Sports University on Wednesday issued a video of Baduanjin via their Wechat account and had quite 100,000 comments.

Chinese Health Qigong Association released on Wechat a mixture of Chinese therapeutic exercise; Qigong, which was closely associated with Chinese martial arts within the past is freed from restrictions like venues and equipments.

In July 2019, the State Council issued a replacement Healthy China guideline promising support for fitness programs with Chinese characteristics, including t’ai chi and Qigong.

A staff of Health Qigong Management Center of State General Administration of Sport, Cui Yongsheng, noted that practicing Qigong can play a positive role within the fight against the epidemic.

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