Weekly Press Release of Istanbul Gelisim University (May 17-21, 2021)
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BY A DOYEN - Coronavirus and Exercise It is a fact that the exercises that help get rid of the coronavirus are suitable for many people fighting the virus, as a result of many scientific studies. Evidences showing the difficulty of returning athletes exposed to the Covid-19 virus to a normal rhythm of life constantly take place in the media. Francesca Menato, WH social media editor, caught the Covid-19 virus before a marathon competition and said: “Without a doubt, I was in the highest sports form I ever had in my life. When I started the marathon run, I started experiencing sudden symptoms only after 3.30 minutes. It all started with a bad feeling. I started to feel drowsy as if I had consumed alcohol the night before. Then came a hellish dry cough and I began to choke as if I couldn’t breathe completely with my lungs. I had a fever for about 5 days and my sense of taste and smell disappeared in about 10 days.” Fortunately, Francesca Menato recovered without the need for additional medical care. After about a week and a half she felt good enough to try to move again, but it turned out to be too early for her. Menato continues: “I was still thinking about the plan to run the marathon and couldn’t admit that I had to take a longer break, but my body knew that wasn’t true. Despite this, I started my exercises. No matter how slow I ran, my heart rate kept rising and going up. I went through several paths until I acknowledged the fact that I needed more time to wait. I took a few more weeks off before I felt ready to start training in July. Although I felt better than before, it was not easy for me to be fully prepared. My body was reacting as if I had no energy, with each new run I had the feeling that the previous week’s workout was really an intense workout. This is crazy.” Holding a bachelor’s degree in sports and medicine, Folusha Oluvajana indicated that as with any infection, too much exercise can slow down my recovery and said, “It can be difficult to decide when to start the training process again after Covid -19 since the recovery time can be very different for individuals. We are still learning about this new virus, and the path to recovery is not always clear. If you’re here, you probably don’t need to be reminded how important exercising is to both physical and mental health. We know you want to go back, but understand that returning to your previous state of health may take time. Making money is not more important than your health.” With this fact in my mind, I would like to remind you of five important things we need to know about returning to exercise after getting rid of Covid-19.
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