Exercise Can Save Lives!

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Exercise Can Save Lives!

A Major Study finds that Regular Exercise may cut COVID-19 death risk by a WHOPPING THIRD!


It’s not surprising that regular exercise massively boosts the immune system, which could help to prevent serious illness from Covid-19. A recent in-depth study found that exercise that gets you out of breath can reduce the risk of catching Covid by 31% and even death by 37%! It’s always nice to see the scientists confirm our opinions and intuition with some cold hard facts.

This study is the world’s first of the effects of exercise to combat Covid-19 reported by Sky News.

The group, which included world-renowned immunologists and epidemiologists, was carried out a full-scale systematic review of 16,698 worldwide epidemiological studies and published between January 1980 and April 2020.


The research was published in the Sports Medicine journal.


Project leader, GCU professor of health behaviour dynamics Sebastien Chastin, said that they found that physical activity “strengthens the first line of defence of the human immune system and a higher concentration of immune cells”.

The “hugely significant” research “could help to cut the number of people contracting COVID-19 and dying from it”.

It makes sense that exercise is clearly part of reducing transmission rates, hospitalisations and death rates.

Lockdowns and vaccinations are clearly not the only answer to the pandemic on their own.


The study also concluded that people who have been vaccinated also benefit between 20-40% due to physical exercise for 12 weeks leading up to the jab.


The exercise that was mainly researched was the bare minimum used to determine maintaining physical activity. They say that people would need to be doing 30 minutes daily, five days weekly, or 150 minutes of weekly exercise that gets them at least slightly out of breath.

It would be interesting to see the variables on immunity based on different types of exercise and intensities.

Maybe this could be a valuable future study?

Surely, results like these should ensure that gyms and health clubs stay open for future rises in infection rates and that closing them, at least potentially, can fuel an increase in illness and death, rather than preventing it and saving lives.

In hindsight, does this mean that a strict lockdown preventing people from exercising will have contributed to higher infection and mortality rates and less effectiveness for the vaccination role out unnecessarily? Lessons learned, maybe?


UKActive states that gym and leisure facilities in the UK had seen 22 million visits within just a few months of reopening the first lockdown, with no spike in infections and just 78 confirmed cases! And of those cases, no person-to-person transmission within the gym environment. The number of cases per 100,00 remains at just 0.34, showing protocols and methods carried out inside gyms have been incredibly successful and minimising risk.

As the data shows, gyms are proven not to be contributing to any meaningful increase in the rate of infections, which is likely due to the demographic and attitudes of members and thorough safety measures in a health-conscious environment.

These findings were also backed by a study by safeACTIVE. Their analysis from data concluded that of the 66 million visits to fitness clubs and leisure facilities, 487 cases were found positive, resulting in a 0.000007% infection rate. This does not consider the number may include “false positives”, therefore lowering this number.

A Norwegian randomized study of 3764 individuals who regularly used the reopened gyms and leisure facilities investigated the possible transmission rate of COVID-19. They found no increased spread of the virus!


Not everyone can train outside for many reasons. Some people do not have the mobility or stability to load-bearing exercise like walking, running or cycling. These activities can actually contribute to pain, discomfort, injury, further decreasing mental health.

People with disabilities also need specialist equipment, and a lot of women have stated that they don’t feel safe exercising outside.

The weather further complicates the issue, and not many people will brave the rain and wind or even snow through the winter.

So, closing gyms and health clubs, reducing the facilities available for many people to exercise not only increases mental health problems but also the risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19.


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About the author

Mark Bone is the Managing Director of Phoenix Gym Norwich and has been helping people transform their bodies since 1998. Mark has an extensive background and experience in many aspects of physical training, motivation and nutritional advice, especially in weight loss, corrective exercise, strength and conditioning for Boxing and injury rehabilitation.

Mark has trained professional athletes, written articles for magazines, assisted Channel 4 for a short weight loss series, done interviews for Norwich Radio and taught weight loss programmes. Mark now uses his skills and experience to train Personal Trainers within Phoenix Gym to ensure clients and members get the best results and most enjoyable experience possible.