Exercise can reduce Covid-19 hospital admission risk by up to 11%

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A woman running at the Parque das Nações wearing a mask, Lisbon, Portugal.
A woman running at the Parque das Nações wearing a mask, Lisbon, Portugal.
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The Covid-19 coronavirus has put our daily existence in turmoil. Our new everyday routines involve thinking about the risk of contracting the disease at every juncture. And while we’re navigating this stressful time, we would do well to prioritise immune boosting activities.

Under normal circumstances, we know to adopt a holistic approach to our health. Physical activity is a vital part of this, particularly in the management and prevention of non-communicable diseases, with the benefit of adding some extra life years.

Exercise is dispensed as a remedy for many ills – from poor sleep to obesity and chronic conditions of lifestyle – but how does it help with Covid-19?

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