The coronavirus is a source of much debate these days, but there is one area where experts are unanimous: exercise after COVID-19 infection should be done with extreme caution.  The recommendation from doctors is to suspend heavy exercise for 14 days after a mild course of COVID-19 infection. In more severe cases, it is also recommended to avoid grounds and gyms for 4-6 weeks.

Be careful

Again, start the movement slowly, gradually and only slowly increase the intensity. For the average person, a shorter or longer walk may be enough, and after a few weeks you can move on to more intense cardio.

The 4-week recommendation

Athletes who plan their workouts around certain heart rate zones or perceived metrics, the US National Strength and Conditioning Association has developed a four-week program of reducing activity by 50 per cent in the first week. If that goes well, you might want to cut 30 per cent for a week, then 20 per cent and finally 10 per cent. During these four weeks, as you gradually increase your workload, you can safely return to your pre-illness exercise.

Remember to consult your doctor

Anyone who has cardiovascular or lung disease should consult their doctor before continuing exercise. For a more thorough check-up, we recommend the Post-COVID-19 laboratory package, where accurate information about the body is obtained.

*Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a viral respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020.