Researchers say they’ve unearthed some incredible new data that tells them that the more a person exercises, and is in solid physical shape, the less risk that person has of developing “severe” COVID, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Imagine that…a person who crushes cardio 3-4 times a week, eats multiple sets of iron, sucks down kale smoothies and pounds egg white omelets faster than chickens can pump out the eggs is at less risk of severe COVID. Color me shocked.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analyzed data from 50,000 Californians with a COVID diagnosis between January 2020 and October 2020. The researchers found that “patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 than patients who were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.”
So what do the researchers have to say about this data? They say you should get out and exercise. “We recommend efforts to promote physical activity to be prioritised by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care.”
Look, we don’t need scientists or the New York Times nerds to tell us that those who exercise are less likely to get drilled by the ‘VID. We have brains and can use them. It doesn’t take an Ivy League genius to conclude that crushing beers on the couch, breaded wings in a Buffalo Wild Wings booth, eating Doritos, mixing in a Diet Coke — or eight — and eating a handful of cookies right before bed isn’t the best defense against a respiratory virus.
Do you know what the government didn’t send out with those stimulus checks? Walking shoes. Or vouchers to go grab some New Balance shoes. Now let’s see what people spent their stimmies on. Sports and fitness got absolutely crushed by ‘food.’
What did we all learn today from this impressive new research? Go on a walk. Get some steps in. Mow the grass. Throw a baseball with your kid. Ride a bike. Eat some 25-pound plates. Get away from the computer like I’m about to do right now.