How exercise can save you from Covid-19

Do you know that exercise can save you from Covid-19?

According to the WHO, the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough and tiredness.

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As of June 1, 2020 there are 6 million confirmed cases, 2.11 million recoveries and 371,000 reported deaths all over the world. Scientists are still developing a vaccine for Covid-19 but there is another thing you can do besides proper hand washing and social distancing. Regular exercise can also help you avoid getting a Covid-19 infection.

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Exercise improves our immune system

Researchers found that regular exercise may lead to a higher number of Leukocytes or white blood cells, which fight infections. In another study, researchers found that in 65-year-olds who did regular exercise, the number of T-cells — a specific type of white blood cell — was as high as those of people in their 30s. This means that doing regular exercise can increase the number of T-cells that can help fight off viruses such as the Corona Virus.

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Exercise lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels

According to research, people with hypertension and diabetes are at risk of covid-19. For instance, a study that investigated 41 patients in Wuhan, China, found that 32% had underlying health conditions — most commonly, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.

In addition, physical activity can also lower your blood sugar up to 24 hours or more after your workout by making your body more sensitive to insulin.

Exercise can save you from Covid-19

Exercise promotes good circulation

Regular exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow increases the oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower your risk of heart diseases such as coronary artery disease, high cholesterol and heart attack. Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels.

You’ll fight off and avoid potential diseases such as the Covid-19. With good circulation, the white blood cells in your immune system will be transported around the body as needed.

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In conclusion, doing mild to moderate 20 minute exercise 3 times a week will help you fight off Covid-19. You can start by dancing to your favorite songs, doing jumping jacks, cleaning your house, doing push ups or jump rope to keep you physically active during this pandemic.

52 thoughts on “How exercise can save you from Covid-19”

  1. i agree with the points here. exercise really does magic. it has good benefits to me. I am surprised that after I workout, I feel more productive and wanting to get more work done. Plus, it also clears my mind. Good for both physical and mental health. 🙂

  2. Exercise and a good diet are key to having an immune system that functions to the best of its ability. I think it’s important that we remember that.

  3. Although the health authorities do really mention exercise much (if at all), what you have put forward here really does make sense to me. During times of being at home, there is no reason why we can’t still exercise. It makes us feel better and has the added bonus of building up some increased resistance activity within our body.

  4. While exercise does help your immune system, I don’t believe that anyone has proven that exercise can save you from contracting covid-19.

    1. blair villanueva

      I agree with you. Coz there are also reported individuals that are in a healthy lifestyle and never misses exercise, but still contracted by COVID-19 and sadly died.

  5. Great article! So many of us are focused on hand sanitizer and covering our faces, but are staying stagnant in the house. I especially enjoyed your point about the importance of blood circulation. Sharing this with a few friends!

  6. Regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind. It can reduce high blood pressure, help manage weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers – all conditions that can increase susceptibility to COVID-19.

  7. I think at anytime it is always good to get a good dose of healthy exercise for sure. always good to keep fit xx

  8. hi
    regular exercise does impart a lot of inner strength to the body by producing immunity to fight various types of ailments as correctly bought out by you.I think many of us did make an attempt to exercise in this lockdown

  9. Well, I will have to start exercising more after that… I had already heard that exercising improves the immune system.

  10. in addition to my comment, i love how regular workout can increase our metabolism. reduce physical activity during this period can make us gain a lot of weight. we need to counter that with regular exercise…

  11. Our family also do exercise everyday, beacuse we have also found out that exercising is a good stance to combat Covid-19. I agree with this!

  12. This is a good reminder to some and exercise 101 for others. It is amazing how many don’t know this.

  13. OOHHH!!! ganun pala yun. medyo tamad pa naman ako ngayon mag work out. nawala kasi ako sa wisyo ko parang yung plans ko eh nawasak, well lahat naman tayo. will try to make time to work out na.

    1. Regular exercise is really a must! It just really helps boost our immune system especially now that we’re facing a pandemic. We really have to be healthy at all times. Thanks for reminding us and for sharing with us the benefits for exercising!

  14. Agree on this, once he reached the proper and enough aerobic level of exercise, a lot of positive changes are happening down to the cellular level – from release of happy hormones to burning off excess calories, and many more processes, that synergistically protect the body.

  15. I’ve been working out for a week now and enjoying it. Hindi lang na may health benefits ang exercise also it will help you to be toned and have a good figure.

  16. I’m so guilty of not taking the time to exercise while in quarantine! 🙁 I was able to do some but I keep on making excuses. This is a reminder for me. I have to start again…. on my off.. No, tomorrow morning 🙂

  17. Exercise alone would not be enough to stay fit and healthy. We must also watch what we eat, the hours we sleep, and the supplements we take. But I could not agree more that exercise would not only make your immune system strong it also prevents a lot of diseases like hypertension, diabetes and stroke.

  18. This is a very timely post! During the quarantine I’ve been looking for ways to boost my immune system as far as I know those who were affected by the virus have problems with this. I find excising to be extremely helpful plus diet of course. It’s also been months since I haven’t gone to the gym BUT there are tons of ways to get moving like searching for a ‘program’ online that fits you. Love this!

  19. …and make sure to rest well and aim for complete sleep, as exercise takes a toll on the body too, especially those with intense workout.

  20. I always tell myself I want to start being active and fit, but I also end up finding excuses not to exercise. Thanks for this one, it’s the push I need to start moving.

  21. Actually struggling to exercise during quarantine here! But thank you for sharing insight on how exercise is vital in our everyday life. Hope I can now do more than just stretching everyday, haha!

  22. While people who are doing exercise are being productive in a day, working out for me helps me to sleep better so, I do it every night. Bali sa umaga ang unproductive ko dahil sa sobrang katamaran na supposedly yung excercise dapat ang makakatulong sakin to get all my works done. But you nailed all the points here. It can definitely help us to fight this virus lalo na siguro ako because I have a weak immune system. This is such a nice read and a reminder for me that I should start working out again in the morning. ♡

  23. I have absolutely no idea of what I’m talking about here, but it just crossed my mind: could it also be that it helps because it improves lung capacity? I don’t know, but as so many covid-19 patients have respiratory issues…

  24. It helps to keep ourselves physically fit so it can improve our immune system. but keeping fit away from gyms muna or from any exercise with others coz that one cannot help us from the virus.

  25. This is great news. Even with the gyms closed, i still try to exercise regularly at home. I might not really have any actual gains anymore, but I’m mostly doing it to keep in shape and also destress. I think it’s also important to stay with your routine as much as possible even if we are only indoors.

  26. Oh no! Di pa naman ako nag-eexercise masyado. Nagfa-follow ako sometimes ng routines from fitness youtubers pero di ko ma-maintain. At least now I know na essential talaga siya.

  27. I sooo agree. We need to work out to keep us healthy and also keep the food we eat healthy, too. I have heard from an interview that there are no cases of athletes who acquire the virus. That just mean that we should keep our body healthy.

  28. Because of the lockdown, me and my friends have been creative about our workouts — we started doing regular zoom workouts almost everyday for 2 months now. We never worked out together in person (we do them on our own before). So i agree with this article very much. It’s one way to fight the killer virus. 💪🏻

  29. To be honest, I am a couch potato but still managed to keep my core exercise routine everyday. Aside from doing my best to combat covid 19 through these exercises, I get bloated easily so I try to maintain my shape. Thanks for the guide!

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