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Women’s Lives Matter—The Critical Need for Women to Prioritize Optimal Physical Activity to Reduce COVID-19 Illness Risk and Severity

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Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México 4510, Mexico
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Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, College of Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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Physical Therapy Program, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(19), 10271; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910271
Received: 4 August 2021 / Revised: 21 September 2021 / Accepted: 22 September 2021 / Published: 29 September 2021
Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for the health and wellness of individuals and societies. During an infectious disease pandemic, such as the one caused by COVID-19, social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns are used to reduce community spread of the disease. Unfortunately, such nonpharmacological interventions or physical risk mitigation measures also make it challenging to engage in PA. Reduced PA could then trigger physiological changes that affect both mental and physical health. In this regard, women are more likely to experience physical and psychological distress. PA is a safe and effective nonpharmacological modality that can help prevent and manage several mental and physical health problems when performed correctly. PA might even confer benefits that are directly related to decreasing COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in women. In this review, we summarize why optimal PA must be a priority for women during the COVID-19 pandemic. We then discuss chronic COVID-19 illness and its impact on women, which further underscores the need for worldwide preventive health strategies that include PA. Finally, we discuss the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 for women, as part of prioritizing preventive healthcare and an active lifestyle. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity (PA); exercise; health and wellness; women’s health; preventive healthcare; vaccination; risk mitigation; nonpharmacological interventions physical activity (PA); exercise; health and wellness; women’s health; preventive healthcare; vaccination; risk mitigation; nonpharmacological interventions
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Garcia-Pelagio, K.P.; Hew-Butler, T.; Fahlman, M.M.; Roche, J.A. Women’s Lives Matter—The Critical Need for Women to Prioritize Optimal Physical Activity to Reduce COVID-19 Illness Risk and Severity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10271. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910271

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Garcia-Pelagio KP, Hew-Butler T, Fahlman MM, Roche JA. Women’s Lives Matter—The Critical Need for Women to Prioritize Optimal Physical Activity to Reduce COVID-19 Illness Risk and Severity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(19):10271. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910271

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Garcia-Pelagio, Karla P., Tamara Hew-Butler, Mariane M. Fahlman, and Joseph A. Roche. 2021. "Women’s Lives Matter—The Critical Need for Women to Prioritize Optimal Physical Activity to Reduce COVID-19 Illness Risk and Severity" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 19: 10271. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910271

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