Over the last few weeks, the Coronavirus has caused some drastic changes in society as a whole. Cities are going on lock-down, flights have been postponed, people have been forced to stay at home and schools have been closed. With that being said, we still want you to keep moving. In this article we are going to share with you what type of exercise you should be doing to stay healthy and keep your immune system ready.

Before we dive into the exercise, lets have a look at what COVID-19 is.

What is COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans. The virus causes respiratory illness (similar to the flu). It spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

What are the symptoms?

COVID-19 is characterized by mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.

More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

Can it be prevented?

There is currently no prevention methods or vaccine for COVID-19, however you can reduce the risk by:

  • Clean hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact (1 metre or 3 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Should I still exercise?

Provided you are not infected and showing any symptoms, you should still continue to exercise. The question here is, WHEN, WHERE, WHAT and HOW?

WHEN is easy, you should be exercising as long as you are healthy ie. being free from injury or illness.

WHERE… slightly more tricky. Now with the lock-downs, you will most likely end up smashing your workouts at home. You should avoid places where there are lots of people close to each other and bodily fluids like sweat and saliva are easily transmitted. So home is a good place to be.

WHAT exercise should you be doing? Exercise, at the end of the day, still places your body under stress, leaving your body in a vulnerable state in which it needs to recover and adapt. As much as it hurts to say this, doing high-intensity bouts of exercise may not be in your best interest while COVID-19 is lurking around. The most ideal form of exercise for your immune system is low-moderate intensity exercise, a 3-5 on the RPE scale (see below).

Below is the famous J-Curve by Dr. David Nieman that represents intensity of exercise and risk for infection. As you can see, the more intense activity becomes the more at risk you become of getting things like Upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). You can see the full article here.

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So, HOW do we go about doing this? This is where Team Limitless comes in.

We at Limitless Athletic have decided that during this time of crisis, we have the ability to make something happen, to help you and many others take control of your health and current exercise situation.

We have decided to release The Daily via email for FREE. It will be sent straight to your inbox on a daily basis so you can keep up with your exercise. Get it to your inbox now!

You will receive the workout with a description each day to guide you through it. We have even modified The Daily to suit home workouts because we know you might not have access to the equipment.

Wrap up

Be sure to check our social media and blogs for developments and education on exercising around this time. I hope you have found this helpful and please forward this to anyone you feel can benefit from this. We want to make sure everyone is moving.

Disclaimer: As much as we want you to move, if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure you get cleared by a Physician or doctor before starting ANY form of exercise. Your health does matter!