Jumping into the exercise regime post COVID-19 recovery – Things to consider to ensure fitness with safety | Photo Credit: Pixabay
- It may be difficult to ease the body back into physical activity after a long gap
- Individuals may experience demotivation and lack of stamina when trying to return to pre-pandemic workout routine
- It is advised to consult a healthcare professional before commencing with a exercise routine post COVID-19 recovery
New Delhi: Saying that society changed dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak would not be an understatement. These shifts were visible in the losses and gains experienced by many industries. People became more aware of the need of maintaining a healthy physique as a result of the pandemic. As much as it enlightened people about fitness, it became also became difficult for people to carry out physical activity at the same level as before. The exercise routines of people changed drastically ever since the outbreak. According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine called “Worldwide Effect of COVID-19 on Physical Activity: A Descriptive Study”, a decrease in physical activity over the pandemic was found.
Ensuring fitness with safety
Here are some ways in which you can safely get back to your fitness regime post-COVID-19 recovery:
- Get a physical test: COVID-19 infection can cause severe damage to the internal organs and the complications may differ from one person to another. Despite the recovery, internal damage caused due to the infections may still linger and must be addressed to prevent any unprecedented health issue. Therefore, individuals who contracted the virus must undergo a physical test to map a safe and healthy exercise routine.
- Don’t rush it: For many individuals, being sick with COVID-19, a gruelling condition with weeks or even months of symptoms may end up curtailing their capacity to participate in physical exercise. It may not be easy to get back on a regular exercise schedule after an exceptionally long break. Therefore, it is advised to proceed with a slow pace, commencing from low to moderate-intensity workouts.
- Each bite matters: Physical fitness may be achieved in a variety of ways. It’s important to maintain a steady workout programme, but it’s also important to keep track of one’s nutrition and live a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet, rich in protein, fibre, and other essential nutrients must be followed to provide the body with sufficient energy to indulge in physical activities. Dieting methods that require cutting back on calories must be refrained from for some time to avoid risking fatigue and other health repercussions.
- Take a break: Although you may have tested negative, post-recovery symptoms might last for a long time. Extreme weariness, dyspnea, muscle and joint discomfort might last a little longer than you anticipated, and one may end up finding it challenging to complete daily tasks. In such a situation, it is recommended that you put your health first and do not feel guilty to rest or hesitate to take a break.
- Be realistic: The fitness goals that you decide to set for yourself post-recovery must be realistic. Unrealistic goals can be unhealthy for both your mind and body as they may result in an increased risk of injury or feeling demotivated and frustrated.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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