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New research published April 13 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that increased physical activity protects against severe cases and death from COVID-19.
- To the CrossFit community With our understanding of the health-wellness curve, the study should probably get the No Shit for Research of the Year award, but the more scientific research can support what we already know, the better, said Eric Roza, CEO by CrossFit LLC.
- “The link between fitness and improved immunity to a wide variety of diseases has already been established Without a doubt, and it’s great to see this new study have such strong evidence that this is true for COVID-19, “Roza told Morning Chalk Up.
A big thing: Roza said more than 100 congressmen have joined CrossFit to support the GYMS bill to rebuild America’s fitness infrastructure by unburdening thousands of independent gym owners. “So that we can restore our health and strengthen our country’s immunity to COVID. 19 and future threats, ”Roza explained of the law on abatement and survival in the gym. And medical research like this can only increase the chances of the initiative.
- “The scientific support of the medical community that fitness improves immunity COVID is an important data point in support of the GYMS law, ”said Roza.
The study details: The study included 48,440 adult COVID-19 patients from California and found that those who were most active before contracting the virus were less likely to be hospitalized or die of the disease.
- The participants were grouped according to their training frequency. The least active say they exercise less than 10 minutes a week, and most report that they exercise 150 minutes or more per week.
- Those who exercised less than 10 minutes a week were hospitalized twice as often by COVID than those in the most active group, and were two and a half times more likely to die from the disease.
- Data on age, smoking habits, weight, diabetes and other health histories, such as cancer or organ transplants was also collected. Aside from being older or had an organ transplant, the number one risk factor for serious illness was the person’s physical activity, reported Robert Sallis, the lead researcher on the study.
Also noteworthy: Similarly, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity earlier this year found that faster hikers were less likely to have severe COVID symptoms than those who walked slowly, while a European study found that greater grip strength, generally seen as a sign upper body strength is recognized, the chance of being hospitalized by COVID decreased.
The bottom line: Thirteen months later, many countries are still in the midst of the pandemic. Canada, for example, is currently experiencing a third wave, and gyms in provinces like Ontario and Quebec are still closed and have not operated indoors since the pandemic began.
How many people could have been helped by CrossFit gyms around the world in the past 12 months? To lose weight or put their diabetes into remission and ultimately avoid serious cases of COVID-19, when the medical community has recognized gyms as a place that can both work safely and help improve COVID-19 health outcomes ?
- Consider it: The Ryan Ferns Healthplex in Benwood, WV, helped more than 20 type 2 diabetes patients put their diabetes into remission in 2019 and used insulin within a few months. Similarly, Becky Clements got her diabetes into remission during COVID-19 in just six months of CrossFit and healthy eating. The point is, it’s quick.
Instead, many gyms around the world will remain closed during the pandemic, and more than 25 percent of gyms in the United States closed their doors last year, according to Roza. Maybe forever.
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