First and foremost, you may need your physician’s clearance prior to returning to exercise after having been infected with Covid-19. Conditions such as myocarditis may prevent you from exercising for several months. For most who have suffered from Covid-19 though, listening to your body will be the most important thing. Returning to exercise may be a challenge and you might not have the same level of strength or endurance that you had before and there is no one route back to fitness.
“The ACC guidance recommends that people who had heart or lung-related symptoms during or after COVID-19 talk with a doctor before exercising again………For those with mild symptoms that don’t involve the heart or lungs, the guidance says it is generally safe to return to exercise once symptoms resolve. This doesn’t apply to loss of sense of smell or taste, which can take weeks to resolve.” (Radcliffe, 2022)
So how do you do it? Remember, that each step you take on your fitness journey is a step in itself, it might look a little different, but you’re still making progress. Your mileage, intensity, length of time, or resistance used, might need to be adjusted. This can also serve as an opportunity to spend some time focusing on other areas of self-care until you’ve fully recovered. Rest, nutrition, mindfulness, stretching, breathing exercises, and stress management are all areas that affect your overall wellness to a great degree. What if you’re a creature of habit though, and not being able to stick to your regular routine is causing frustration or demotivating you? Do you use a Fitness Centre managed by Curtis Health? Talk to the Personal Trainer on site. They are ready and willing to help and can make some practical suggestions to keep you moving and motivated despite any modification you need at this time.
Radcliffe, S. (2022, March 21). How To Get Back To Working Out After Covid-19. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-get-back-to-working-out-after-covid-19