Prof. Akin Abayomi
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Saturday, issued a health advisory to all residents ahead of the African Cup of Nations final match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.
The commissioner also urged viewing centres to ensure that venues, where football matches are watched, have adequate medical facilities and trained personnel on hand to respond swiftly in case of emergencies.
Akin Abayomi outlined some tips to help citizens prioritise their health and well-being while enjoying football matches or any other intense activities.
Some of the tips as seen by 9News Nigeria include;
• Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Crowded poorly ventilated hot environments should be avoided with attention to good hydration. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and ensure you drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods to keep your body fueled and hydrated, especially during prolonged periods of sitting and watching the game.
Samples of water
• Maintain Good Posture: Sit in a comfortable chair with proper back support and avoid slouching to reduce strain on your muscles and spine.
• Stay Calm and Relaxed: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness to manage stress and emotions during intense moments in the game.
• Take Regular Breaks: Stand up, stretch, and move around periodically to prevent stiffness and promote circulation. This can also help maintain alertness and prevent fatigue.