People who exercise regularly have a better chance of surviving COVID-19 compared to those who move less, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente Southern California studied almost 50,000 patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19. They found that people who were “consistently inactive,” meaning they exercised anywhere from zero to 10 minutes per week had more than double the risk of hospitalization, almost double the risk of admission to the ICU, and almost two-and-a-half greater odds of death from COVID-19 compared to people who were consistently active. But even better, regular exercise lowers your risk for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that increase COVID risk on their own.
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