A research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shown that physical inactivity increases the probability of ending up in intensive care by 73%
Among these factors, one of the most powerful is certainly physical exercise.
The researchers' discovery
The news comes from a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which showed that lack of exercise and movement increases, and even significantly, the risk of contracting a more severe form of Covid-19.
People who has been inactive or minimally active in the two years before the pandemic found more than twice as likely to be hospitalized and 73% more chances to be admitted into the intensive care unit, compared with individuals who engaged in physical activity for a time that matched or exceeded what is stated by American Guidelines.
Researchers analyzed the behavior of 50 thousand people aged 18 years and older who tested positive for Covid between January 1, 2020, and October 21, 2020. The study examined behaviors related to physical activity practiced by subjects in the two years before the pandemic, with the goal of testing if the respect of the American Guidelines can be associated with more favorable Covid outcomes among infected subjects.
All participants had to report the number of days per week they exercised from moderate to intense and for how many minutes. Then, three categories have been created: subjects who respected the guidelines, performing physical activity for more than 150 minutes per week; moderately active subjects, who exercised for between 11 and 149 minutes per week; consistently inactive subjects, who performed physical activity for between 0 and 10 minutes per week.
The Wellness Lifestyle
Therefore, now more than ever, it is essential to practice regular physical exercise and avoid sedentary habits as much as possible. And movement is one of the key concepts behind Technogym's mission: to spread Wellness on a global scale and help people live better.
The concept of Wellness was introduced to the world for the first time by the company in 1993, during the Wellness Congress of the California Show in Rimini, and is a 100% Italian lifestyle that includes:
- Energy and vitality
- Efficiency in every situation
- Being comfortable with oneself and with others
Technogym strives to improve people's lives not only through movement, but also through a healthy nutrition and a positive mental approach. These three elements make up the Wellness Pyramid, elaborated by Technogym's Scientific Research Area, a fundamental scheme to follow in order to achieve complete psycho-physical well-being.
Concerning physical activity, the Wellness Pyramid recommends walking and taking the stairs for small daily trips, as well as running, cycling and playing sports.
Finally, from a nutritional point of view, some of the most important habits recommended by Technogym are an abundant hydration and the daily consumption of at least four portions of fruit and vegetables, by balancing with the consumption of carbohydrates and animal and vegetable proteins, thus maintaining a healthy and complete nutrition.