Regular exercise can help protect against severe Covid-19: Study
People who exercise regularly have a better chance of surviving COVID-19 compared to those who move less, according to a new study.
The new study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and conducted by researchers and physicians at several medical institution and universities in the US state of California.
The study found that people who tended to be sedentary were far more likely to be hospitalized, and to die, from Covid than those who exercised regularly.
The study looked at data from nearly 50,000 adult patients in California diagnosed with Covid-19 from January 2020 to the end of October 2020.
Researchers found that people who were “consistently inactive,” meaning they exercised anywhere from zero to 10 minutes per week, had a 2.26 greater chance of hospitalization, a 1.73 greater chance of ICU admission and 2.49 greater odds of death from COVID-19 compared to patients who were consistently active.
People who did “some activity,” which equaled anywhere from 11 to 149 minutes per week, had a 1.89 greater chance of hospitalization, a 1.58 greater chance of ICU admission and a 1.88 times greater chance of death than those who were consistently active.
Research has long shown that regular exercise has a slew of health benefits like helping to prevent high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
“We’ve known from years of studies that exercise enhances immune function and [improves] mental health,” Robert E. Sallis, a family and sports medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in California, which led the study.