‘Exercise, exercise, exercise’ — out-of-detention Omar Abdullah’s guide to self-isolation
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Days after his release from nearly eight months of detention, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah shared tips and tricks to survive the 21-day coronavirus lockdown.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, who was recently released after nearly eight months in detention, offered tips to survive the 21-day coronavirus quarantine based on his experience Wednesday.
In a detailed thread on Twitter, Abdullah advised people to stick to a routine so that they have a sense of purpose and don’t feel aimless.
“Firstly establish a routine & try to stick to it. In all the months I was in HNSJ (Hari Niwas Sub-Jail) I stuck to a routine as though it were carved in stone. The routine gave me a sense of purpose & stopped me feeling aimless or lost.”
He also recommended going to sleep, waking up and eating meals at a fixed time, adding one should not spend their entire day in their night suit.
“I woke up & went to bed around the same time EVERY DAY. No lazy Sunday morning lie ins for me. Get up & get ready. Having no where to go is no reason to spend all day in your nightsuit. I lived in trackpants but I never slept in them or sat around in my PJs”, said Abdullah. And the final word of advice Abdullah had for everyone in quarantine was to “exercise, exercise, exercise”. Stating that he couldn’t underscore this point enough, he also mentioned his workout routine, which comprised walking, burpees and other exercises he had downloaded on fitness apps such as Nike Training Club & Fitbod.
From one lockdown to another
Abdullah, along with other political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, was detained on 5 August 2019 after the Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370, which gave the erstwhile state special status. On 6 February, Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti were slapped with the Public Safety Act, on the day their six-month detention under Section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure was supposed to end.
He was released on 24 March after 232 days in detention. Incidentally, on the same day, PM Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to battle the coronavirus pandemic. which has infected more than 4.7 lakh people across the world. More than 550 cases and 10 deaths have been confirmed in India.
The prime minister advised people to self-isolate in their homes and practise social distancing. Shortly after the lockdown was announced, Abdullah took to Twitter with a meme on him and said, “These are serious & scary times so a little humour doesn’t hurt”.