Is being fit and healthy your best weapon?
With the advice given to work from home we have seen an increase in members using the gym as a way to maintain a routine and to stop any bad habits creeping in.
As we know from previous posts exercise can help with depression, anxiety, health issues, injuries and much more.
The question for alot of people at this time is can being fit and healthy help with covid?
We looked at a recent study from Healthcare providers at Kaiser Permanente
What did the researchers learn about physical activity and COVID-19?
What the researchers learned in this initial study was pretty remarkable, though further research to support the findings is necessary. Even after correcting for all of those characteristics, people who were consistently inactive had a significantly higher risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death after getting COVID-19 than those who were active for at least 150 minutes per week. Additionally, those who were active for over 10 minutes per week had some protection against severe illness or death from COVID-19 — though not as much as those who got the full 150 minutes.
This study is one more reason to encourage and promote physical activity for everyone. Companies could provide gyms or fitness memberships, standing desks, and movement breaks. Government funding for bike lanes, walking paths, and pedestrian access would make it easier and safer to exercise. But set your own priorities, too: we can all commit to moving more! And next time you see your healthcare team, spend a few minutes talking about what might get you moving more. Would an exercise prescription help? Is there coaching available to help you set activity goals and achieve them? Consistent physical activity helps protect you if you do get COVID-19. Of course, getting vaccinated offers much greater protection. Possibly doing both may be super-protective, although this needs to be studied. Meanwhile, we know that moving our bodies every day, even if it’s just walking, provides many benefits from head to toe. We as a society need to make it easy and safe for everyone to be as active as they can be.
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