To add to my previous article, some very pertinent studies have proven that exercise definitely improves the outcome of Covid-19 disease. “Physical activities associated with a decrease in Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths, while inactivity increases that risk” was the findings of a large study in America.
It was found that exercise in almost any amount can cut the risk of severe or fatal Covid, even among high risk patients like those with hypertension or cardiovascular disease. Even a ten minute walk per week is associated with better Covid-19 outcomes.
The best outcomes were seen amongst those who consistently did 150 minutes a week of brisk, walking or equivalent type of exercise. That is 30 minutes of exercise per day for at least five days a week. But remember, every bit is helpful.
In the study it was found that the more active the patients were, the better their outcomes were after getting Covid-19. In the most dramatic gap, those who were consistently inactive (less than 10 minutes of activity per week) before getting Covid-19, were 91% more likely to be hospitalised and 291% to die from the disease than active patients. Now that is something to get you going.
It is however, taking all of the above into consideration, important to realise that fitness is no guarantee of good health or reaction to Covid-19. The question is: what about exercising after you had Covid-19? It is important to wait for a couple of weeks before exercise is resumed. Basically all the symptoms of Covid-19 should have disappeared and the heart rate should be down to where the normal heart rate is.