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Exercise and COVID-19

Dr. Nelli Ban, PT, DPT

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The majority of physicians agree that regular physical activity is beneficial to one’s health. Exercising boosts immunity and can have immediate and long-term health benefits. However, for those who have or have just recovered from COVID-19, this may not be the case. So when is it safe to start working out again? The experts are now weighing in.


A recent study has concentrated on a number of health concerns that linked to the return to exercise following infection with COVID-19.

According to the authors of guidance published in the BMJ, COVID-19 can cause cardiac injury, including viral myocarditis, increasing the risk of disease and death.

Throwing clots is another risk factor, with pulmonary emboli being associated with COVID-19 in some cases as well. At this time, it is unclear what the long-term pulmonary consequences are, but data from the 2003 SARS-CoV epidemic showed that survivors had long-term impairments in pulmonary function and exercise capacity.

As the last risk, psychosis or other mental health problems could jeopardize the ability to function. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicide, psychological stress and somatic symptoms have been documented as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. A few cases of new-onset psychosis have also been observed.


As a physician, it is critical to encourage your patients to return to physical activity when they are ready to do so. Patients with Covid-19 can avoid being fully sedentary by getting up to do light activities and moving around during the day, as long as they do not experience chest pain or exhaustion while doing so.

Read more: https://cadence-pt.com/exercising-after-covid-19-what-doctors-need-to-know/


1] https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.m4721.

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6026260/

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