Whether you’re a student athlete or active adult who has recovered from COVID-19, you’re likely itching to get back on the field or resume your exercise routine. Or, if you don’t have symptoms or if your illness is mild, you might be wondering what you can do while you wait out the infection.
1.Listen to your body.
If you’re experiencing symptoms like chest pain or heart palpitations, stop exercising immediately and consult with your healthcare provider. Exercise and movement is important for overall health, but for COVID-19, things can change overnight as we learn more about the virus. Keep monitoring yourself and if something feels more than just being out of shape, stop exercising and talk to your healthcare provider (red flag symptoms to watch for are listed above).
2.Take it easy.
Don’t try to “power through” like you used to. Athletes of all ages should follow a gradual progression to get back into exercise. You’ll need to build up the time and intensity of your workouts. Start with a slow walk and if that feels OK, try a brisk walk the next day. Then increase the amount of time you are walking. Gradually build up for about 1 to 2 weeks before you return to the HIIT training or CrossFit you were doing before COVID-19.
3. Be patient. Even if you were training for a marathon prior to becoming infected, you’ll likely discover that your body has changed a bit, which warrants extra caution. Don’t push too hard on a body that is still trying to recover.