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Study: Regular Exercise Cuts COVID-19 Death Risk by 37 Percent

Study: Regular Exercise Cuts COVID-19 Death Risk by 37 Percent
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By    |   Thursday, 22 April 2021 04:50 PM EDT

A breakthrough study found that regular exercise slashes the risk of dying from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 by a whopping 37% and makes people 31% less likely to catch the virus in the first place.

According to Sky News, the world’s first study to link COVID-19 immunity and exercise suggested that people need to engage in 30 minutes of exercise daily, five days a week to acquire these protective benefits. The workouts should be intense enough to leave you slightly out of breath.

The international team of researchers led by Glasgow Caledonian University  recommended activities such as running, cycling, and strengthening exercises. These activities also boosted the efficiency of the COVID-19 vaccines, said the scientists, who published their findings in the Sports Medicine journal.

The researchers concluded that the suggested amount of exercise could result in a ''37% decrease in the risk of death as a consequence of infectious disease such as COVID-19 and an increase in the efficacy of vaccination against viral disease such as COVID-19.''

Sebastien Chastin, a professor of health behavior dynamics in the School of Health and Life Sciences at the university, said physical activity ''strengthens the first line of defense of the human immune system and a higher concentration of immune cells.''

He added that the ''hugely significant research'' could reduce the number of people dying from COVID-19 and said, ''it is the first piece of research that proves regular physical activity protects you against infectious disease,'' per Sky News.

Professor Chastin explained that exercise that leaves you out of breath appears to boost your immunity to infectious disease by 31% by increasing the number of immune cells in the mucosal layer of antibodies, our first line of defense against pathogens.

''The clear message is stay active,'' said the researcher, according to Sky News. ''It’s not only good for your mental and general health but now we have the proof that it is also good for boosting your immunity.''

Because the research showed that consistent physical activity at a moderate to intense level also helped make vaccines more effective, Chastin and the other scientists recommended that people work out for 12 weeks before vaccination to boost the drug’s efficacy by 20 to 40%.

Chastin said that you don’t need to go to the gym to get the benefits of exercise.

''Dancing around the living room, going for a run or walk is just as effective,'' he said. ''In this period of pandemic, being outside is better than in a gym or closed environment.''

The team of global scientists included world-renowned infectious disease experts who reviewed 16,698 worldwide epidemiological studies on the topic that were conducted between January 1980 and April 2020.

Although this is the first-ever large-scale endeavor to uncover the immune-boosting benefits of exercise, other scientists have shown that physical activity can reduce some of the serious complications of COVID-19.

Researchers at the University of Virginia, for example, found that exercise can reduce the risk of potentially deadly acute respiratory distress syndrome that can affect COVID-19 patients. They published their study saying that exercise can be a powerful tool in preventing this form of lung damage that diminishes the organ’s ability to provide the body with adequate oxygen. The syndrome allows fluid to leak into the lungs and makes breathing difficult, according to the American Lung Association.

Patients with the distress syndrome often cannot breathe on their own and may require ventilator support to help circulate oxygen in the body, says Johns Hopkins Medicine. It affects 3-17% of patients with COVID-19.

According to Eat This, Not That!, the lead researcher, Zhen Yan Ph.D., said that aerobic exercise can prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome by increasing the amount of antioxidants in our bodies that protect tissues and prevent disease. Cardiovascular exercise like running, walking, swimming, or biking also trains the lungs to be healthier, says Baruch Vainshelboim, Ph.D., an expert in cardiorespiratory fitness.

Yan says, ''regular exercise has far more health benefits than we know. The protection against this severe respiratory condition is just one of the many examples.''

Studies have found that exercise also helps relieve stress and mental anguish during the pandemic.

A recent study discovered that people sheltered at home during COVID-19 who kept up their physical activity were less likely to be depressed and were mentally more resilient that people who slowed down.

According to The New York Times, the researchers compared exercise and moods in over 3,000 people using questionnaires and found that people who exercised consistently were happier. They also found that those who had worked out regularly before the pandemic, and were now less physically active, were ''significantly more likely to feel depressed, anxious, lonely and otherwise worried and dour than people who had continued to work out for at least 150 minutes a week.''

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A breakthrough study found that regular exercise slashes the risk of dying from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 by a whopping 37% and makes people 31% less likely to catch the virus in the first place. According to Sky News, the world's first study to link COVID-19...
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Thursday, 22 April 2021 04:50 PM
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