Lack of exercise is not good. When talking of covid 19, people who do not exercise are at a higher risk of death, according to a new study.
The study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine claimed that people who lacked exercise for the last two years before the Covid pandemic are more likely to be hospitalised and require intensive care and likely to die.
Earlier, the researchers and experts had identified several Covid 19 risk factors such as advanced age, male sex, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. However, they had not specified physical inactivity as one of the risk factors. The recent study claimed, “physical inactivity was the strongest risk factor of all outcomes”.
For the study, the researchers studied about 50,000 covid 19 affected adults in the United States between January and October 2020. They looked into several factors such as hospitalisation, infection rate and admission into intensive care unit. The average age of the participant was 47. Three out of five patients were women. The mass body index of the patients was 31, just above the threshold for obesity. Half of them had no underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, cancer and Kidney diseases.
In the study, the researchers found that patients with COVID-19 who were consistently physically inactive” were more than twice as likely to be admitted in hospital as those who clocked up over 150 minutes of physical activity every week. These inactive patients were also 73 per cent more likely to require intensive care. They were 25 times more likely to die, the study said.