We stand in solidarity, together doing our best to resist an unprecedented virus facing our global community. Now, more than ever, is the time to take care of our health, our bodies and each other.
While we can’t be together physically, if otherwise healthy, we can still enjoy the many benefits of exercise and playing sports.
Through staying active and playing sports, we can support our physical and mental wellbeing.
Getting exercise is still possible, even under the current regulations to "shelter in place," in effect both here in the USA and in many of our global communities.
Exercise and physical activity is scientifically proven to be healthy for our bodies and mental state and to boost immunity, and, if done in a healthy, smart way, it can be part of our solution.
Exercise "balances our immune system," as described by Professor Daniel Camus, member of the emerging and infectious diseases's commission, from the Institut Pasteur of Lille. “Therefore, it is important to keep practicing a physical activity. It could easily be at home where stretching exercises can be done."
Physical activity is the best way to strengthen our body. Professor Camus added that exercise also "benefits our digestive system: the elimination of our natural waste prepares our [body] to be stronger and better fight infection."
Being physically active amidst the chaos can help promote mental wellbeing and create some positive energy.
Together with our partners and communities around the world, Decathlon is promoting healthy initiatives that encourage people to maintain physical activity and wellness, while adhering to national, state and local regulations and health recommendations.
Today, as always, playing sports and getting in a workout can offer energy, a smile - and peace. Sports and exercise aren't just scheduled activities on our calendar, but rather integrally part of who we are - part of what makes us human.
Sports make us stronger, both individually and as a community.
So as we band together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and support our hardworking medical professionals around the world, we also share our continued support for partaking in what sports activities and exercise we safely can - even if within the confines of our homes.
To our entire community around the world, please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We're in this together.
~ From Decathlon's 94,000 teammates worldwide