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COVID-19 and Exercise

Resources and support for keeping your patients or clients active during the COVID-19 pandemic

As we grapple with the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s easy to forget an important component of health related to the immune system: exercise! 

Exercise is Medicine® has assembled a variety of scientific articles and resources related to the effects of exercise (acute and chronic) on the body’s immune response. Although specific data related to COVID-19 and exercise has not yet been obtained, research examining the body’s response to exercise reveals a cascade of cellular mechanisms that help protect the body from viral illnesses. In addition, there is clear evidence that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in everyone, including number and severity, as well as the acute and chronic symptoms of anxiety. This could be a very important benefit of maintaining an active routine during this period of isolation and stress.

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