How to protect yourself from coronavirus and strengthen immunity in the spring: 7 free tips

 The pandemic is not only frightening but also makes you more attentive to your health.

Probably everyone knows how important it is to observe basic sanitary measures. However, protection against covid is not limited to washing hands and wearing masks in public. medical portal...

Doctors have named a few more tips that will help protect themselves from the virus when the number of new diseases rolls over.

#1 Stir up the lymph

Lymph is a network of vessels and nodes for immune cells. If lymph does not move properly, the body becomes less immune to viral diseases, including coronavirus. Therefore, you should make the lymph more active.

Since muscle contractions contribute to the movement of lymph, you need to move more: walk, do warm-up or exercise, pat yourself with your palms.

#2 Sleep more

An excellent immunity defense against coronavirus is not the only movement but also sleep. Lack of an insufficient number of hours of sleep makes the body vulnerable to disease. You need to sleep more than 7 hours a day to get sick less often this spring.

#3 Walk more often in the fresh air and sun

Vitamin D is essential for the immune system of every person. It helps to realize the antimicrobial function of the skin, lungs, intestines, fights inflammation, protects against autoimmune diseases, and ensures the functioning of killer cells. The higher the level of this element, the stronger the immunity and protection against coronavirus, including.

This is perhaps the most popular sports section. Sign up for a good coach, oh, how difficult it is! But probably. Especially if the future athlete (and this direction is chosen mainly by girls) is very few years old. It turns out that coaches are advised to start doing gymnastics from preschool age. At 3-5 years old, the muscles are still elastic, flexible, and lend themselves well to stretching It is at this age that future athletes are brought to us, - told "KP" in Ukraine "rhythmic gymnastics instructor Marta Yakutsk. - This sport helps to develop flexibility, endurance. Forms posture, teaches girls to control their bodies, to move gracefully.

Children who regularly attend gymnastics classes, sports, or rhythmic, know what willpower and discipline are, they have strong and flexible muscles.

- When parents bring a child to gymnastics, in their dreams they already see their child on a podium with many awards. But not everyone can do this sport, - the coaches say. - Perseverance, discipline, attentiveness are important. This is a lot of work! Therefore, only a few remain in sports.

Unfortunately, injuries in gymnastics are not uncommon. Therefore, before exercising, it is important to warm up well, warm up the muscles.

#4 Swimming - from two months

The author of the article first brought, or rather brought, her daughter to the swimming pool at the age of 3 months. The baby whimpered for the first few minutes in the water, but then she liked it. Now, at the age of three, she is not afraid of water, she jumps from the side of the pool, knows how to dive. The sooner you bring your child to swim, the better, - the coach Inna Shmytko is sure. - I advise you to instill a love of water from one month of age, for a start, in your home bathroom. And as soon as the child is two months old and the umbilical wound has healed, mom can safely go with him to the pool. Even at 5 months, a child can dive, because he holds his breath when water gets on his crown. And conscious swimming begins at an older age, when the baby himself pushes off the side, holds his breath, and enjoys trying on diving goggles. My task, as a coach, is to interest the child in this sport, to show that the underwater world is interesting and unusual (for this I lay out toys or colored stones at the bottom of the pool).

Exercises in the water are good for health because they develop all muscle groups, both sides of the body and both hemispheres of the brain are equally involved. Swimming trains the cardiovascular system speeds up the metabolism. It is also an excellent hardening and prevention of colds. Fact: Children who regularly practice this sport are less likely to get sick. And, of course, swimming is a skill that is important to learn for everyone - both a child and an adult - because it can save a person's life.

But there are also disadvantages. For example, chlorinated water in the pool, after which delicate baby skin dries mercilessly. To prevent this from happening, do not forget to shower thoroughly before and after your workout. Applying a nourishing cream to the child's body after swimming will also help.

#5 Football - from preschool age

And this is already the most widespread sport among boys.

“At the age of 4, my son himself wanted to attend the football section,” the father of the young footballer Vitaliy told “KP” in Ukraine. “Now he is 10 years old. Not only is the child good at the ball, but he is also enduring for his years, muscles are strong.

And all because the game of football, according to coaches and pediatricians, replaces a whole range of exercises, because the variety of movements has a positive effect on all muscle groups. From childhood, such activities form excellent coordination of movements, dexterity, and quick reaction. The coaches of the children's football sections claim that their pupils not only run around the field and kick the ball, but also develop endurance, strength, and are also excellent at working in a team.

At the same time, football is a traumatic sport. Football players have falls, bruises, and sometimes the ball will fly into the head. But the coaches have an explanation for this: if you don't get the ball in the head, you won't form that very reaction and coordination. Also, before training, young football players must warm-up, which reduces the risk of injury.

#6 Martial arts

Karate, aikido, Greece-Roman wrestling ... What to choose? To begin with, it is important to know that martial arts are divided into oriental and martial arts. The latter include striking and wrestling sports. Impact drums are not suitable for children, as they are traumatic. But classes in oriental and sports wrestling martial arts will benefit the child.

- For the first time, children come to our classes at the age of 5, - said "KP" in Ukraine "karate trainer Ilya Lesyk. - Martial arts is not just a task to knock down the enemy, it is an age-old science and philosophy. In such sections, the child learns to control their energy, develops strength, endurance, speed, coordination. And, of course, our children develop muscles, work on coordination and stretching, strengthen immunity. Some pluses!

All types of martial arts "mold" a child into a leader. Therefore, such activities are not suitable for everyone. If the kid is active, cannot sit still, loves competitions, and wants to be the first everywhere, then he will be gladly accepted into the martial arts section. And for children of calm temperament and the so-called melancholic, classes with elements of competition are not suitable.

#7 Tennis

Parents brought Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina to tennis lessons at the age of 4. And at 26, she is considered the most successful among Ukrainian athletes, because Svitolina has many victories in international tennis tournaments behind her.

Do you want your child to play no worse than the first racket of Ukraine? Then look for an experienced tennis coach.

- For the first lessons, I take children from the age of 5, since they already have a little developed coordination of movements, they understand and can remember the rules of the game, - tennis instructor Maxim Lysenko told KP in Ukraine. , we develop dexterity, flexibility, reaction, we analyze game situations.

Tennis perfectly trains all muscle groups, because it involves the legs, arms, back, neck, and abs. Over time, the child will develop muscle mass and increase endurance. Tennis is also good for eyesight, it trains the muscles of the eyes well because during training a young tennis player constantly monitors the moving ball. And tennis lessons help active children to direct their energy in the right direction.

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