Exercise while recovering from Covid-19

Patrick Mulligan |

Take your time

It is normal to feel tired, weak or short of breath when you are recovering from COVID-19 (coronavirus). But being active can help you to recover quicker.
Don’t worry if you feel more tired and have less energy than usual. This is normal and may last for up to 6 to 8 weeks.
Take your time and set small goals.

Exercises if you can’t leave your home

Following on from yesterday’s blog where we looked at getting back walking. Today we are going to go through some ways you can still exercise without leaving your home.

You may be in hospital or unable to leave your home. You should still include some exercise in your daily routine.
Being active and avoiding long periods of bed-rest is important. It can help you to recover more quickly – both physically and mentally.
You can do the following exercises in your chair, at home or in hospit


The following is a guide only. You should aim for these goals every day if you are able. But remember, start slow!

Your aim over the next few weeks should be to increase your activities slowly. Regular exercise is good for you but keep in mind that it will take you time to get back to your normal activities.
You should:

  • Start slowly and introduce new activities gradually
  • Set yourself realistic targets each week
  • Rest when you feel tired
  • Exercise at a level where you are slightly out of breath but still able to talk.

    Aim to do these exercises 3 times a day – morning, noon and night and try to repeat each exercise 6-10 times.

  • How Can Physiotherapy Help?

    If you are finding it hard to complete regular exercises due to pain, fatigue or simply time schedules speak to us at Compass Physio.

    Exercise is for everybody. At Compass physio we will complete a full physical assessment and will help identify any possible underlying causes that may limit your exercise regime.

    Our chartered physiotherapists will help you to build strength and strategies which will help tackle any problem.

    At Compass physio we will help you succeed and reach your goals.

    To find out how Compass Physio can help, call 046 954 9456 (this number covers all clinics), click here to book online.

    You can also email any questions to info@compassphysio.ie

    Paddy Mulligan – MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist Compass Physio

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