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Optimizing endurance and strength post COVID

Sunil Deepak

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Did U know the difference between strength and endurance? Strength is the amount of weight a person can lift, and endurance is the number of times the person can repeat a particular action. Unfortunately, both the strength and endurance of the person go for a toss post experiencing COVID. Often, there are complaints about muscle weakness, fatigue, loss of concentration, and difficulty in moving.

These symptoms are often a result of lung damage in COVID. Lung damage does not allow the oxygen and blood to reach the brain in an adequate amount. But the neurons in the brain require oxygen to maintain their metabolism.

To make the body and mind fir again, it is important to cure the lungs first.

Strength is the amount of weight a person can lift, and endurance is the number of times the person can repeat a particular action.

Here are some tips for beginners who want to renew the power of lungs & regain strength and endurance post COVID:

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• Do pranayam and deep breathing. This technique is quite helpful in expanding the lung capacity.

• Begin with small movements of hands and legs. Increase the number of repetitions over a period of time.

• U can plan on using the leg exercise cycle to help U with good control of leg movement. The cycle has automatic speed control, timer, and other metrics to keep track of UR progress.

• Start with climbing some steps of stairs every day. Increase the target over the next few days.

• Strength training does not necessarily require going to the gym. U can begin the basic strength and endurance building activities at home and visit the gym if U require professional supervision.

• A simple combination of breathing and hand movement can help increase oxygen intake in a person. To do this, raise UR both hands above UR head and inhale from the nose. Bring UR hands down and exhale from mouth. Another form of this exercise is flapping UR hands sideways. U can do both of these versions.

• Walking is another great exercise that can be practiced by both young and adults. While an adult can begin the walking target with 15 minutes, youngsters can start with a target for 30 minutes.

• Take care that UR oxygen saturation level doesn’t get less than 95. Take professional help otherwise.

Lastly, it is important to remember that U need to be very patient while practicing the exercises. Do not rush to attain more repetitions. Plan a gradual increase and intensity and consult UR physician if U need personal advice.