Hong Kong, China:
A fanatical runner jogged in his small apartment like an ultra marathon when people in virus-infested China are desperately trying to keep fit while crammed inside.
The country is at the center of the outbreak of a new corona virus that leaves more than 1,500 dead and triggers an alarm worldwide. However, it is also under the control of a health offensive as the government aggressively encourages people to exercise to fight the disease.
With most of the 1.4 billion residents ordered indoors and gyms closed, people compete to outdo each other, how many bottles of water they can lift, how many pushups they can do with their kids, or how many Stairs You can scale in your skyscrapers.
But Pan Shancu easily won the unofficial gold medal and said he ran 66 kilometers in one lap at home in six hours and 41 minutes.
He has the data tracker, which he says he is proving, and the 44-year-old's accomplishments and a video repeatedly circling furniture around his home have gone viral in China.
"I was a little dizzy at first, but you get used to it after walking around many times," said Pan AFP on the phone from Hangzhou near Shanghai.
"Running is like an addiction. If you don't run for a long time, you get itchy feet."
On another occasion, Pan ran 30 kilometers on the spot in his bathroom and broadcast it live to inspire others who have also been locked up at home in the past two weeks.
"I'm in an online chat group where people ask what we want to do most after the epidemic," said Pan, a massage therapist and dedicated long-distance runner.
"Some people said they want a party. I said I want to run 100 kilometers outside."
– let stairways run –
China's ruling Communist Party has launched a campaign with Olympic athletes to demonstrate how people can stay fit while spending endless days inside.
According to an online brochure, tables, chairs and even door frames in one form or another can be used for exercising.
Schools are closed and children are not exempt. They were instructed by the education authorities not to just play computer games and play around with their cell phones.
"Children must not only help parents do some chores, they also need to be creative at home," government expert Zhao Wenhua said at a press conference.
"For example, running and running on site, skipping, push-ups, sit-ups and so on."
Some people have turned to technology and used apps on their smartphones that show how to train without equipment and share the results with their friends.
According to Bilibili, a popular video sharing platform, views of fitness content increased almost 50 percent between January 23 and February 5 compared to the previous two weeks.
Peter Gardner, a 61-year-old Brit who has settled in the snowy northeastern city of Tianjin, prefers more traditional methods.
Like hundreds of millions of others, its movements have been severely restricted by the Chinese authorities to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Gardner, manager of an American company, said he was only allowed 30 minutes out of his apartment block during the day to get the essentials.
To compensate for the lack of exercise, he runs up and down the emergency stairs of his 17-story apartment tower three times a day.
"In a way, it's good," said Gardner, whose family has temporarily left China and left him with society with his two guinea pigs.
"I can't go drinking beer and I've lost about three quarters of a kilo," he said over the phone.
"There are no restaurants, no place to go, and I just eat because I can't buy what I want."
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