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When Can I Return to Exercise After Having Covid?

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When is it safe for me to return to exercising after having covid? The answer may be different for each of us. Some doctors say right away when symptoms are gone, others say to wait up to 6 weeks after symptoms are gone. However most experts agree, the best advice is: proceed with caution.

In my case, when I got covid, the first few days weren't that bad, but then on day 4 I took a turn and spent the next 2 weeks living on my couch. About week 3 I began recovering and started walking and resuming household chores. By week 4 I was walking 2 miles every other day, and just yesterday I had my first weight lifting workout. That was week 5, AND about 10 days after my symptoms were gone. So what about you? When is it safe for you to start exercising again after having covid?

If you had a mild case: Sports Medicine Doctor Marie Shaefer from the Cleveland Clinic says "the timeline of return back to exercise or sport is determined by how mild, moderate or severe the case was." If your case was mild, you can consider returning to activity after your 10 day isolation period, but you must have no symptoms.  Dr. Jonathan Halperin, with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group recommends minimal to no exercise until 7 days after your symptoms are gone. And Dr Randeep Guleria in India recommends waiting 4-6 weeks after recovering from covid.

With so many varying opinions, you have to weigh them out and ultimately take responsibility for your own health related decisions. A big part of that is listening to your own body. When you do decide to start exercising, start slow and pay attention to how your body responds. If any of your symptoms resurface then it's probably wise to wait another week or more. If new symptoms arise or if you have any concerns, stop exercising and talk to your doctor. If everything is okay then slowly progress toward where you were at before covid. Even though we know more than we did a year ago, Doctors admit there is much more to be learned about the long term affects of covid and how that will impact recommendations for safely returning to exercise.

If you had a moderate to severe case: If you had a moderate to severe case of covid, or if you went to the hospital, you should talk to your doctor before restarting any type of exercise. And in your case it's wise to take it even slower. But once you are recovered the same basic guidelines apply to you as well.

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What does the Bible say about it? 1 Corinthians 6:20 says: "you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body." If you're a believer in Jesus Christ today, you know that you belong to God now, soul spirit and body. He redeemed you from the power of sin and death, and your response, out of gratitude, is to glorify God with your life. I believe that includes exercise and eating healthy.

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