The latest outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has a lot of people asking themselves: should I keep going to the gym?
The answer to that question depends on several factors:
- Whether or not you are in an area under strict quarantine,
- If you are in a higher risk population, or
- If you are caring for someone who is in a higher risk population
Some populations, such as those at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, have been advised by health authorities to take extra precautions, which may mean staying at home. But for most people, sticking to their gym routine is still a good idea.
Going to the gym—or just exercising in general—is good for the immune system, can lower stress at a time where everyone is a little… stressed, and can provide a much-needed dose of social support and camaraderie (from a safe distance of one meter or three feet away, if need be).
This article highlights four reasons—backed up by evidence—that going to the gym is beneficial, including:
- physical activity and exercise can help boost immune function,
- exercise lowers stress,
- physical activity is good for metabolic health, and
- gyms are clean, and pose no unique risk.