The world was taken by storm in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in the disruption of millions of lives and livelihoods, and impacted in particular on the health and wellbeing of individuals. The COVID-19 virus comes like a thief in the night, challenging social relations, personal appearance and confidence and one’s very treasured health. Some patients
that have experienced COVID-19 have reported changes in breathing patterns, fatigue and sleep pattern disruptions. This pandemic has interrupted active lifestyles and has made the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle ever so clear.
As such, a lot of research has gone into the role of exercise in post-covid recovery in order to get individuals back to their healthy selves or to a new state of health. Evidence shows that exercise can help to “improve fitness, reduce breathlessness, improve your energy and improve muscle strength”. Additionally, exercise can help to prevent blood clots and improve your mental health.
Although exercise is beneficial in the recovery after COVID-19, exercise should also be monitored by a professional as severe cases of COVID-19 impact very negatively on one’s health and can result in undetected complications. It is for this reason that “return to exercise guidelines” have been developed.
The image below is a “return to exercise guideline” developed by David Salman form the British Medical Journal.
If you have had COVID-19 and are struggling to bounce back to your old self or are still struggling with the after effects, please do not hesitate to contact your closest exercise specialist so that they can aid you in your post-covid journey.