5 things to remember when returning to exercise after having COVID-19
If you exercise regularly but have then been struck down with Covid 19, we know you’ll be itching to get back into it as soon as you can. Before getting back into the grind of things, it is critical that you get ready to make sure you do things right. So how do you make sure you keep safe when you go back to the gym? Here are five important things that you need to keep in mind.
1. Consult your doctor before going back to the gym if you experienced chest pain or shortness of breath while you were sick. If you experienced any cardiac complications, you are recommended to definitely see a Doctor. If you only had a mild case of the virus, but still have concerns, make sure you see your Doctor.
2. Start slowly in stages. When jumping back in, start with activities that have light intensity such as stretching, walking, or light strength training. Journal on how you feel before and after each activity and take note of anything that seems unusual. You can increase the duration and intensity each week if you feel good after doing the light activities. But remember to ease back into it.
3. Backing off is OK! Stop any time you feel strained. Drop down a level until you feel confident to go back up again. No pain, no gain does not apply when you’re recovering from Covid-19. Watch out for chest pain, nausea, palpitations, and shortness of breath.
4. Don’t go beyond your comfort level. Go slower when you think it’s necessary and do not force yourself. You need to understand that your performance capability decreases when you take a break from working out.
5. Give your body what it needs. Keep yourself hydrated before, during and after any activity. Make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Listen to your body. Fuel your body with healthy foods and stay clear of alcohol as much as possible.
We hope this helps you getting back into exercise safely