Coronavirus: Can the risk of covid-19 be reduced by regular exercising? – Times Now

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Moderate to high-intensity exercise can activate cell immunity, thereby reducing oxidative stress that causes free radicals and infections. Also, regular physical activity is linked to lower COVID-19 infection and severity.

New Delhi: Regular physical activity is very important to boost overall health. Exercising and workouts not only improve weight, and muscle strength and make you stronger, but also help boost immunity that keeps the risk of chronic health conditions low.

It has been proved time and again that exercising helps keep the heart healthy, keeping a check on blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and even obesity which is a cause of main fatal ailments.

Coronavirus is one such condition that has caused too much flutter in our lives. Low immunity is certainly one of the causes of contracting this flu, which has killed millions across the world.
According to a 2019 research review by the American Heart Association, moderate to high-intensity exercise can activate cell immunity, thereby reducing oxidative stress that causes free radicals and infections. Also, in a paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine regular physical activity is linked to lower COVID-19 infection and severity.

According to the paper, people who regularly exercise have at least 11 per cent lower risk of COVI-19 infection, and 44 per cent lower risk of severe diseases as compared to those leading a sedentary lifestyle.

How much exercise is optimum?

We tend to sometimes overdo everything to achieve the best results. However, experts believe that any physical activity, including exercise, should be of moderate intensity on average, with bouts of high-intensity workouts to get the optimum benefit.

A weekly total of 150-160 minutes of workout would give the required protection against COVID-19. Experts feel that exercises like running, spot jogging, cycling, swimming, weight lifting, and many other gym movements are good enough to achieve the target.

Things to remember while exercising

Since the coronavirus threat is still looming large, it is important to also take care of the fact that social distancing should still be maintained, even while exercising. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Workout online: What began the world over during the lockdown is still a rage. Online yoga, Pilates, aerobics, or any high-intensity strength workouts can be performed seamlessly in the comfort of your home without worrying about catching infections
  • Opt for freestyle: If a structured routine is not your thing, get creative and formulate your workout. There are millions of videos online that you can search for and form your pattern. Make a spot running circuit, jumps, planks, sit-ups, push-ups, and burpees, and repeat these.
  • Go outside: There are many solo exercise activities you can do outside like running, walking, and cycling that lose a lot of calories and also gives you the benefit of breathing fresh air.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes 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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