Solon: Returning to exercise after getting Covid-19

Pio Solon
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AS WE learn more about the long-term and short-term ramifications of getting Covid-19, we slowly understand how we might be able to live with the virus even without the vaccine. Evidence has shown us that some side-effects of Covid-19 include cardiac problems and lifelong lung damage. There is also evidence of racial disparities in who is getting more affected than others.

HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York City recently published a set of guidelines and considerations for returning to exercise after contracting Covid-19. If you’ve contracted Covid-19, these are some guidelines you can use to slowly get back into your exercise regimen:

1. For those with blood symptoms, the HSS guidelines suggest starting with low-intensity exercise that will reduce blood clot risk.

2. Those with respiratory issues like pneumonia are recommended to emphasize monitoring breathing while gradually returning to exercise.

3. For those with heart symptoms, the guidelines suggest to rest for two-three weeks after symptoms stop. Those who have contracted myocarditis (heart inflammation) may have to wait for as much as three to six months before returning to any exercise.

4. Those who have experienced gastrointestinal effects of Covid-19 (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite) will have to monitor fluid and calorie intake while slowly getting back to exercise.

5. Those who experience joint and muscle pain should embrace a gradual return to exercise.

While we know exercise is preventive medicine and has the capacity to prevent lifestyle disease, doing too much too soon after contracting Covid-19 can also be harmful to your health. The doctors’ guidelines suggest resuming exercise in a gradual manner after contracting Covid-19. Consult your doctor before embarking on a fitness regimen.