Counteracting Physical Inactivity during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Home-Based Exercise
Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prinsesse Kristinas gt. 3, 7006 Trondheim, Norway
Department of Sports Science, Medical Section, University of Innsbruck, Fürstenweg 185, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(11), 3909; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113909
Received: 3 May 2020 / Revised: 27 May 2020 / Accepted: 29 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Impact of Exercise and Sports on Health)
To reduce transmission of the coronavirus, from its initial outbreak in 2019 up to now, various safety measures have been enacted worldwide by the authorities that have likely led to reduced physical activity levels in the general population. This short communication aims to briefly outline the deteriorative consequences of physical inactivity on parameters of physical fitness and ultimately to highlight associated increases of cardiovascular disease risk and mortality. Finally, evidence-based practical recommendations for exercise that can be performed at home are introduced, to help avoid physical inactivity and therefore maintain or achieve good physical health.