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Jakarta Post

Physical exercise: How to pick up where we left off

  • Sebastian Partogi


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  04:48 pm
Pace yourself: When you decide to take up your old exercise routine again after several months on the couch, it is important for you to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of your exercise to help your muscles adjust to physical activity.(Shutterstock/Marian Weyo)

Indriana Apriani, a 32-year-old consultant currently working for a financial institution, loves exercising. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she used to do 5-kilometer runs three times a week during the weekdays, while on the weekends, she would run 10 km to 15 km on Car Free Day in Jakarta. Her 5 km runs on the weekdays usually took about 50 minutes, while her extended weekend regimens could take one-and-a-half to two hours. Her friend Fitri Putranti, a 32-year-old telecommunications company employee, used to follow the same regimen. Both women live in South Jakarta. Yet, starting in March 2020, due to fears of the coronavirus outbreak, Indriana and Fitri stopped these outdoor exercises, opting to do some indoor exercises instead such as yoga and Latin dance from home. Several months into home quarantine, both began longing to resume their more intense outdoor physical exercises...