COVID-19: Try these effective exercises for faster recovery

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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As more people test positive for the COVID infection every day, it’s critical to understand how to recover at home and what can be done during the recovery process to help the body’s immune system regain its power.

The first thing to keep in mind is that those who have tested positive must stay in isolation. While stepping out and moving around is not an option, they can monitor their symptoms at home, and based on the advice of their doctors, can engage in mild exercises to distract themselves from the stress.

Some form of physical activity while making the recovery is important and here are some useful exercises that will support the COVID-19 recovery;

Cat Camel: As you would be resting during your recovery phase, you would be lying or sitting for long hours which can tighten your spinal muscles. Cat camel will assist you in mobilizing your spinal muscles.

Breathing: Because COVID-19 mostly affects the lungs and respiratory system, appropriate breathing exercises can help your lungs get stronger, allowing you to recover faster.

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Leg and toe lifts: Get your lower body moving again. Stand at a countertop, then raise and lower your heels (stand on your toes) 15 times. Check if you can do it three times. Further, practice standing on one foot while standing near a solid surface. If this is easy, close your eyes. But be sure to use your hands as needed for balance.

Another leg exercise is to pull your knee up towards your chest while you hold onto the countertop. You can do them 15 times on each leg for three cycles, just like the toe lifts.

Walking: Even if you were a marathon runner before contracting the virus, you need to tell your mind that this is the time to focus on recovering, rather than pushing for personal records. Begin by taking a 10-15 minute walk around your house. You can progressively extend your time by 5 minutes if you do not experience any shortness of breath.

Yoga: Yoga and meditation are recommended by doctors throughout the rehabilitation phase because they develop mindfulness and help to enrich your mental well-being. If you’ve never done yoga before, look for a beginner’s class and adjust the motions to your comfort level, avoid any exercises that cause your heart rate to rise.

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Hip bridges: Being alone in a room for an extended amount of time can have an adverse effect on your hips, which will eventually lead to all kinds of joint pain, especially the knees and the lower chain. It’s critical to strengthen and extend the hips, as well as take care of this vital muscle group.

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