According to a world-leading sports scientist, Britain is going for a “perfect storm” in which a further decrease in exercise levels during the winter shutdown would have a devastating impact on physical and mental health.
Greg Whyte, a former modern pentathlon Olympian who has also worked as an Olympic and professional sports consulting physiologist, also blamed the government for not listening to experts or not doing enough to make the nation healthier.
He told The Guardian, “The first lockdown led to a reduction in activity, even though there was glorious weather last spring,” “So we have almost the perfect storm for a dramatic decline in physical activity with a winter lockout.
In addition, the effect on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of individuals. We should not underestimate how detrimental this lockout may be to national health.
Whyte, who frequently works with the government as Ukactive’s science advisor, questioned why most of England’s grassroots sports and activities, with the exception of walking, running and cycling, were halted while many of them were able to proceed safely, even under socially destructive steps.
“One problem is that the government doesn’t have physical activity specialists to advise them,” he said. “Take a look at Sage’s makeup.
For a long time, I’ve been talking to DCMS. They have some amazing people, as does Sport England, but they’re not being listened to by the government. That needs to change.
Frustrations are increasing inside sports like golf, tennis and fishing, where it is easy to maintain social distance, since they have been forced to leave in England. Scotland being less restrictive and encouraging golf, tennis, fishing and some sports for children under 12 have intensified these frustrations.
The government has also been encouraged to do more to keep young people involved by the Youth Sport Trust. “We know that young people’s activity levels plummeted during the first lockdown, and this has contributed to some of the problems they now face – from mental health issues and low physical fitness to developmental delays,” said Ali Oliver, Executive Director. “In the coming weeks, a virtual PR curriculum focused on recovery should be a priority. This could be a game changer for young people’s well-being.”
Whyte also urged that more encouragement be provided to adults to get active as well, especially because 400,000 people in the UK work in fitness. Currently, they are ordered to stay home.
“We talk a lot in this country about the Couch to 5K program,” he said. “But really, the biggest issue we have in British society is the front door couch – the fact that 22 million people do less than 30 minutes of exercise a week in this country.
And the government needs to do something to provide options for citizens who are inactive, given that the recommendation is 30 minutes a day.
The government reported on Tuesday that gyms will qualify for £ 9,000 in grants from the government. Sarah Lindsay, a three-time short-track speed skating Olympian who now runs the Roar gym chain, told the Guardian, however, that this is far from adequate.
Too many of us are going out of business because,”So many of us are going out of business because we don’t have much cash flow,”we don’t have a lot of cash flow. “We still have to pay rent and bills, and the government isn’t doing enough to help. They need to realize that we are one of the solutions to get the country healthy again.”
Sports psychologist Andy Lane warned of the risks to mental health when individuals are constrained in their practice. “When you feel like it’s not worth it and you have to put a lot of effort into doing sports, your physical and mental health suffers,” he said. “What makes it worse is the backdrop of a pandemic, where there’s so much uncertainty and frustration and hope feels crushed.”