A new study shows that COVID-19 and exercise do not mix well.
In a JAMA Cardiology study, researchers reported that if you have COVID-19 and exercise, you can put yourself in real danger. The report stated that a person could potentially have serious heart problems.
Researchers in the study said working out while having COVID-19 can make it worse and lead to Myocarditis for some patients. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, eventually reducing your heart’s ability to pump.
Experts say it is essential to be vigilant about listening to your body. However, researchers say exercise is crucial for your health, reported WYFF.
Doctors say that keeping fit while healthy also prevents the underlying conditions that might increase your risk for severe complications such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery or (HSS) in New York City, said COVID-19 plays by different rules when it comes to sports and exercise.
Research finds that exercising regularly may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
“You need to be a very good body listener right now,” Dr. Metzl said.
Sunal Makadia, M.D., LifeBridge Health Director of Sports Cardiology, said athletes and gym-goers need to pay attention to unusual symptoms. She added that you should check in with your doctor if you have chest pains, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath.
If you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should not work out for at least two weeks, whether or not you have symptoms.