Back to physical activity after Covid19 infection

this seems to be a topic that keeps popping up in the “real world” around me, so I’m sure Sufferlandrians may also be affected…
good bunch of information from the BMJ
https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.m4721
stay safe!

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Thanks for posting this. This slide is useful.

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That’s a great chart, was a bit concerned it had gone a bit Spinal Tap in phase 2 with the advice to limit RPE to 11! even GvA only goes up to 10, but then I saw their scale goes up to 20.

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RPE going from 6-20 is the original scale that Gunnar Borg proposed. It was an attempt to correlate physical activity with heart rate (multiply RPE by 10 to get HR). Since that turned out not so meaningful, he revised the scale to go from 1-10.

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This is great info! The team doctor for EF Education has done a podcast episode about COVID, athletes, and heart health with an interview of a cardiac and athlete specialist.

The podcast is titled “the podium” - a bonus episode published nov 2

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Thanks so much for the informational. I’m in Day 11 of Covid-19 recovery with two days in fever free. A bit depressing how slow a comback might be (if at all) but better safe than sorry. iIalso recieved the Monochomal Antibodys two day ago and that seem to help a lot. Guess I’ll wait a couple of days and than have Abi keep me company…maybe 10-15 minute spins at 25% FTP to start?

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With the hefty caveat that obviously i am not a medical professional, I’d lean heavily on the phases outlined above.

When getting back on the bike I’d be fully guided by heart rate and RPE rather than power targets based on an FTP number from pre-illness, with nothing beyond Z1 for Phase 1/2. If you’re exceeding z1 HR at low power (relative to your previous level of fitness), I’d be stopping and going back to only stretching/walking.

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Here’s an additional resource from the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/54/19/1174

The Irish track cyclist Orla Walsh is following this (following her on Instagram). Interestingly, she recognised she had COVID symptoms through alerts from Whoop (high respiratory rate, high resting heart rate)

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Thanks Richard! I started back 15 days from the onset and system free for 7 days. 3-4 recovery workouts at 60%. Last couple of days Tool Mash up at 65%. (could have been a mistake!) and others down to 65%. I’m a Whoop wearer so I keep within the suggested strain. Dr. visit last week showed clear lungs and a perfect resting EKG. The source you cited seems to be the protocol and my Doc is on board as she has ordered a stress test and perhaps an MRI as I do have one big co mobitity AGE…
Hardest thing is not to push. Keep heart in Zone 2 and a little in Zone 3. Monitor recovery closes
ly. I will say this, the damn virus, even though I had mild systoms and “recovered” quickly, kicked my ass and lost probably half my fitness. It’s very enlightening how pushing a bit too hard knocks you right back down.

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Thanks for this @IsiSchneider_KoS @Condiec391 .
I got struck by the SARS-CoV-2 virus past weekend. My energy levels are at a low, so I figure I’ll have to build up slowly again…

Thanks for the info. I just tested positive. My energy levels are pretty low.

I’m hoping sleeping 10+ Hours a night speeds up my recovery.

For what it’s worth I am vaccinated.

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