Michael Owen shares tips about being physically and mentally healthy

Jakarta (medialnews) – Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen said balancing physical and mental health is key to staying fit during the pandemic.

Exercise can help improve mental health, according to the 41-year-old man.

“For the past year, it has been very difficult for everyone to maintain their health, both physically and mentally, and this is becoming increasingly important by the day,” Owen said at a virtual press conference for Kop Run 2021 on Tuesday.

“People now realize how important mental health is … I think it is very important to be healthy, being physically fit and exercising makes you feel better mentally as well,” he continued.

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The former England international thinks sports can also build social relationships with others. “I think physical and mental health go hand in hand.”

Owen, who started his football career as a teenager, tells the story that he became a star on the roster.

“In my football career, there weren’t many shelters for millions of people,” said Owen.

He added that this was exacerbated by the media only photographing ‘big moments’ in the field. Meanwhile, the athlete can sometimes be sad or even have problems at home or in the family.

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The media coverage, Owen said, “leads them (people) to believe that all footballers are happy and have no problems, but that’s far from the truth.”

“And I think it’s really important to have a strategy to address that problem,” said Owen.

“I think it’s really important to try to remember the good times and encourage yourself to be happy, not focus on negative things.”

“It’s important to do the things you love,” he added.

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Reporter: Arindra Meodia
Editor: Teguh Handoko

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