Being physically active reduces risk of severe Covid-19

Rick Pearson
·1-min read
Photo credit: Patrik Giardino - Getty Images
Photo credit: Patrik Giardino - Getty Images

Getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week makes you less likely to fall victim to the more severe outcomes of Covid-19. That’s according to a new large-scale study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The researchers looked into hospitalisation rates, intensive-care unit admissions and mortality for patients with Covid who were inactive, doing some physical activity or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.

The three categories were based on self-reported physical activity levels. Those exercising for 10 minutes or less a week were labelled consistently inactive; those exercising for between 11-149 minutes a week were labelled somewhat active; and those consistently exercising for 150+ minutes a week were labelled consistently active.

The researchers found that patients with Covid who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalisation, admission to the ICU and death than patients who had been consistently meeting physical activity guidelines. The same was true of consistently inactive patients compared with somewhat active patients.

The researchers concluded that ‘consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes among infected adults. We recommend efforts to promote physical activity be prioritised by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care.’

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