Exercise Post COVID
I’ve had a lot of questions about returning to exercise post COVID. Over 2.5 million Australians have now had COVID. Odds are, either you or someone you know has contracted the virus. There’s a broad range of symptoms you might have experienced from COVID. This could include fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains to name a few. And then there’s the recovery… Everyone’s experience is different, and therefore everyone’s journey back to exercise will be different too.
Getting back into life and exercise can often be challenging.
Getting the right advice
If you need help to start exercising after COVID, or your experiencing long COVID, your GP or Accredited Exercise Physiologist can help to guide you through your return to exercise safely. They will assess your capacity and prescribe exercises that is tailored to your individual needs. An exercise physiologist can also help to progressively increase your training load in a way that minimises the risk of additional fatigue or a flare in symptoms. If you’re having symptoms that are limiting you, it’s not okay. Often this is a sign that you need further help and should reach out to your GP or Exercise Physiologist.
Be patient with your body
Taking a break from exercise can often leave you feeling bad. You might worry about losing your fitness or motivation. However, it’s important to remember that even elite athletes taper or reduce exercise for such events as the Olympics. Having two to three weeks of less activity won’t have any long-term detrimental effects.
When can I start exercising again?
Exercise can play an important role in COVID-19 recovery. If you’re recovering from moderate or severe illness you should speak with your GP or Exercise Physiologist provider before returning to exercise. If your symptoms were mild, you can start exercising again if:
- you’ve had at least 7 days with no symptoms
- you’ve had 10 days of rest since symptoms started
- you’re no longer taking any medications such as paracetamol