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Exercising Regularly Can Decrease Risk for Severe COVID-19 and Death

 

Multiple recent studies have shown that people who engage in moderate to vigorous exercise for 150 minutes a week are at a significant lower risk for severe COVID-19 and death.  Obesity is often connected with a lack of adequate exercise/physical activity.  Obesity is quickly becoming one of the largest and most prevalent risk factors in developing severe COVID-19 or death. 

 

Continue reading to see how exercising regularly and physical therapy could literally SAVE YOUR LIFE!

 

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Exercising Regularly Can Decrease Risk for Severe COVID-19 and Death

COVID-19

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. Since then, the world as we know it has been turned upside down.
COVID-19 causes respiratory symptoms that resemble a cold, the flu, or pneumonia.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Having certain pre-existing medical conditions can place you at an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19, such as:
Cancer
Chronic Kidney Disease
Obesity
Asthma
COPD
Dementia or Alzheimers Disease
Diabetes
Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure

Multiple recent studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are at a significant lower risk for death and severe COVID 19. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, recommends 150 minutes or more a week of moderate to vigorous exercise to obtain substantial health benefits. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise Monday through Friday could literally be the difference between life and death!

Obesity is linked with a lack of adequate exercise/physical activity. Obesity is quickly becoming one of the largest and most prevalent risk factors in developing severe COVID-19 or death.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, 42.5% of adults and 18.5% of children had obesity, and less than 50% of the population met physical activity recommendations. Obesity according to Body Mass Index (BMI) is considered ≥ 30 kg/m2 but < 40 kg/m2, or severe obesity is BMI of ≥ 40 kg/m2. Any BMI equal to or above 30 places you at an increased risk for developing severe COVID or death. Use the link below to calculate your BMI.

BMI Calculator https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

A study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine discovered 150 minutes or more a week of moderate to vigorous exercise causes a significantly decline in risk for death or severe COVID 19. In the study, 48,440 adults who tested COVID+ were given a questionnaire about their normal physical activity levels prior to testing positive. Study participants fell into three categories:

Consistently active, 6.4% (150 minutes or more per week).
Some physical activity, 79.6% (11 to 149 minutes per week).
Consistently inactive, 14% (10 minutes or less per week).

COVID+ adults who were “consistently inactive” were shown to have a higher risk for:

Hospitalization – 226%
Intensive Care Unit(ICU) Admission – 173%
Death – 249%

In these times of COVID-19, 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day could SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Click the links below for additional information on the effects of exercise on COVID-19. If you have any questions or find it difficult to exercise due to a medical condition, CONTACT US NOW!

References

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Covid-19 Information
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Sallis R, Young DR, Tartof SY, Sallis JF, Sall J, Li Q, Smith GN, Cohen DA. Physical inactivity is associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes: a study in 48 440 adult patients. Br J Sports Med. 2021 Oct;55(19):1099-1105. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2021-104080. Epub 2021 Apr 13. PMID: 33849909; PMCID: PMC8050880.  https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/55/19/1099.long

Economos, CD, Dietz, WH, Tullie, K, Sallis, JF. Physical activity may mitigate COVID-19 infections in people with obesity: A call to action. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2021; 29: 1987– 1989. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.23269

Kompaniyets L, Goodman AB, Belay B, et al. Body Mass Index and Risk for COVID-19–Related Hospitalization, Intensive Care Unit Admission, Invasive Mechanical Ventilation, and Death — United States, March–December 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:355–361.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd Edition
https://health.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf

If any of this information has benefited you or someone that you know may benefit from seeing a Physical Therapist, Contact Us NOW at Parish Physical Therapy to speak with a Physical Therapist. I would love the opportunity to help empower YOU to live your best life!  

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Jessica & Chad Jimenez, PT, DPT

Owners of Parish Physical Therapy

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Exercise Can Decrease Risk for Severe COVID-19

COVID-19

Obesity Increases Your Risk for Severe COVID-19

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150 Minutes a Week of Moderate to Vigorous Exercise Can Protect You From Severe COVID-19

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