Physical activity prior to covid-19 infection can be gradually resumed. Physical activity contributes to reduced inflammation, improves respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular capacity. It also helps speed up metabolism and boost attention span and concentration.
First, it depends on the aftermath of the disease. The right thing to do is to watch and see how we are doing, what the starting level is.
While there are people who have become ill, have been healed and have no follow-up, others do. Some of them come directly from the infection. However, others are given by the length of time spent in bed.
Studies estimate that 80% of patients developed one or more long-lasting symptoms. So far, the five most common symptoms are fatigue (58%), headache (44%), attention disorder (27%), hair loss (25%), dyspnoea (24%).
From the point of view of a medical and specialist in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, we have to consider that this virus enters through the air and causes widespread inflammation. This causes problems in oxygenation. In addition to health concerns, the psychological aspect represents the second key to these long-term symptoms.
However, we must not forget that we have the ideal medicine to contribute to its improvement: physical activity.
What are the benefits of physical activity in this context?
Physical activity contributes to reduced inflammation due to myokines secreted by muscles. Eye, not with intensive training, but moderate.
In addition, it improves respiratory capacity (ventilation, diffusion, transport and infusion of gases), cardiovascular and neuromuscular. It will also help speed up metabolism and boost attention span, concentration and our psychology, boosting self-confidence.
Taking up the question that brings us here: Can we exercise again as before after overcoming Covid-19? Sure I will. I dare say even better. After all, if you’re curious, you’ll rationally improve your knowledge of how to do it. With this you also have your capacity levels, if you need it and you want it.
If we’ve been on the run for a long time, doctors will likely prescribe work with rehabilitators and physiotherapists. At least until basic levels of strength, coordination, and breathing are restored. From this point on, they allow you autonomy and prescribe “physical activity”.
What physical sequence should we follow?
After the infection has been overcome, it is common for the health care professional to provide a report indicating what kind of activity to do. But most of all, what is NOT recommended as it can make health problems worse. All this accompanied by the correct medication.
It is desirable that with this report we approach a technician in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to draw up a personal plan for us.
My first tip as a doctor and technician in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences: Don’t exercise alone. At least until all sequels are gone. Still, bring a phone in case you need to report incidents quickly.
You don’t need to do physical activity in the hospital, as many patients do after a heart attack, for fear of what might happen. That said, you have to be careful.
As soon as the medical report is available, so we have already had the risk factors checked, the expert will make an initial estimate of possible physical activity. For example, what is most suitable in your specific case.
To do this, it is important to know some data. What physical activity and level did this person perform before the illness? What are your sports preferences? What materials or installations do you have? What time can you spend with him?
Then you decide on the endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination tests you want to perform. This way you can know your current physical condition and ability.
Once aware of their current condition, the sports technician will perform progressive work planning to improve the various abilities to the level that both determine.
For the person who (re) trains, it is essential to become aware of his own body, of his sensations, that they must be good.
Important: we should never do this type of physical work with a fever. This, as we know, consists of a rise in temperature due to the body’s struggle against damage. Exercise also raises the temperature with the risk of significant damage and is an indication that something is not working.
If you are not feeling well, the situation should not be forced. Best rest and see what happens. Physical activity should not be performed with pain or discomfort. Let’s find the pleasure of exercise, the endorphins secreted by exercising will help us do that.
If you can, you work daily. In three months, they will re-evaluate us physically as we continue in parallel with medical follow-up.
Therefore, with caution and smooth and progressive work, we will certainly regain that desired physical level in the long run. Plus, those annoying symptoms that Covid-19 caused will go away.
Consider that a sedentary lifestyle increases the mortality of patients admitted to the hospital with Covid-19. It is quite possible that if he was an active person, this may have protected him. Let’s be as physical as we are, avoid loss of capacity and seek continuous improvement.
So enjoy! And protect yourself with this good medicine: physical activity.