These days it’s easy to feel powerless. Sometimes even a little hopeless.
We’re not just worried about coronavirus because we don’t want to get sick. We’re also concerned because we know that once you have it, there’s not a whole lot doctors can do.
They will do their best to help you weather the storm, of course. But in the end, it’s just you against the virus. And it can feel like COVID-19 has the upper hand.
But today, I’ve got something new. A “weapon” that could help prepare you to fight that battle and help you to win. It’s exercise.
This simple action can help you right now by delivering the one thing that matters most. And that, of course, is protection against one of the worst complications of the COVID-19 infection.
If you take this step NOW and get sick LATER, you could have a better chance of not only surviving this disease but avoiding its worst and deadliest complication.
The best part of all? It’s really easy. All you have to do is shake up your routine a little bit.
Infection PREVENTION is the key
The problem with coronavirus isn’t just that it’s deadly. It’s that we DON’T KNOW when it’ll turn into a killer.
Most people who get sick slowly recover. Except about a week into the infection, some patients take a sudden and rapid turn for the worse.
They sink into acute respiratory distress (ARDS), which hits up to 17 percent of all COVID-19 patients, and up to 85 percent of those in the ICU with the disease.
There’s not much doctors can do right now when that happens. It’s what leads too often to respiratory failure and the need for ventilators and/or intubation.
Sadly, it’s also what leads to this infection’s infamous death toll.
Given the lack of treatments right now, the best plan of attack is to make sure you NEVER reach that point in the first place. And new research shows one way we may be able to do just that.
And it’s all about movement.
Daily exercise supports your respiratory system
Exercise – even a single session – causes your body to crank out something called extracellular superoxide dismutase. It’s an antioxidant, which means it protects against the damage of oxidative stress.
And researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine believe the evidence “strongly supports” that a little exercise can stimulate enough of it to help prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome in some COVID-19 patients. Or at least limit the severity of the infection if it strikes.
Some scientists even hope to turn extracellular superoxide dismutase into a treatment.
But until then, you can raise your own levels the good old-fashioned natural way with a little movement.
Yes, I do mean with exercise. You know, that thing most of us AREN’T getting enough of right now due to stay-home orders and fear of going out into a world during a pandemic.
But you can slip in some activity without the risk and with very little effort. Just shake up your daily routine… in some cases, literally.
Stand up. Then do some bouncing and shaking. Stretch. Dance a little, if that’s what you like. Or go for a brisk walk around the house or garden
You can even try my trick. I set an alarm to remind myself to move at least once an hour. I then get up and do something active for five to ten minutes every time it rings.
It’s not JUST good for raising your extracellular superoxide dismutase levels. It’s also great for keeping your metabolism cooking, your blood sugar under control, and your body loose and limber.
And when this thing’s finally over, you’ll be ready to bounce out of your home.