When it comes to COVID-19, most people recover within a few weeks.
But the medical community is learning more and more about long COVID.
In fact, I’ve personally seen a few patients presenting with ongoing symptoms of COVID-19. (Symptoms that last as long as 12 weeks after the start of acute illness.)
Lingering fatigue, cough, headache, and brain fog seem to top the list.
But now, research is finding yet another long-term complication of the virus that keeps on giving…
Altered breathing, less energy
In a new study published in Jama Network Open, researchers tracked and compared the exercise performance of adults who had recovered from COVID-19 against those who had symptoms of long COVID.
They analyzed heart and lung function during exercise at least three months following infection.
And their analysis revealed that ongoing symptoms of COVID may interfere with exercise performance.
More specifically, they noted irregular breathing patterns “and a lesser ability to increase heart rate during exercise to match cardiac output.”
Both of which may deter people from engaging in any physical activity at all. And you already know how detrimental that is to your health…
Exercise is vital
I don’t believe in magic bullets for disease prevention. But when it comes to your overall health, regular exercise comes pretty darn close.
It lengthens your lifespan, boosts your quality of life, improves your mood, and slashes your risk of countless conditions—like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and MORE.
All without a single side effect.
That’s why I always encourage you to do something. (Anything is better than nothing at all.)
So, if long COVID is putting a damper on your routine, here’s what I recommend…
Start slowly and take it one step at a time—literally. Find a pace that’s comfortable and works for you. And take as many breaks as you need.
All that matters is that you move… and keep moving.
For additional ways to overcome—or prevent—a COVID infection, check out the February 2022 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives.
Until next week,
“Feeling winded after your workout? Long COVID may claim another symptom.” MDLinx, 10/13/2022. (mdlinx.com/news/feeling-winded-after-your-workout-long-covid-may-claim-another-symptom/7zqSpQqNBj1YKbB3YqRNHj)