Can I Exercise After COVID-19 Vaccine?

Hand up - I have definitely googled "can I exercise after ..." quite a few times. Normally, physical activity is encouraged by doctors and other health professionals, but there are certain times when it's best to take the day off.


So, what about after the COVID-19 vaccine? Keep reading to find out!


Side Effects From COVID-19 Vaccine


Common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine include pain, redness, and swelling near the injection site. You may also feel tired or nauseous. In some cases, people experienced chills, fever, and muscle pain.


Side effects tend to be worse among younger people (under 55) because their immune systems generally respond more vigorously. So, if you fall into this age range be prepared to experience some of these side effects.


The side effects from the vaccine are caused by your immune system's reaction - so unless the side effects are very severe - you have nothing to worry about.


Talk to your doctor about potential COVID-19 vaccine side effects if you are feeling nervous.


COVID-19 Vaccine and Exercise


Knowing what the potential side effects are of the vaccine, should you exercise? Well, I don't know about you but if I have a fever, chills, and nausea I'm probably not going to have my best workout.


Experts say that there is no contraindication to exercise before or after the first, second, or only dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, if you experience side effects exercise could be unpleasant.


So, as with many things in the health and fitness world - you have to listen to your body. If you're feeling great post-vaccine and are ready to go for a run or bust out some pushups - go for it!


However, if you aren't feeling well after your vaccine, there's no reason to push yourself. Give your body some rest and let it do its thing for a day before resuming your regular exercise routine. It's not going to kill you to miss one booty-sculpting workout - I promise.


If you're feeling mild side effects from the vaccine, consider a less intense form of exercise for the day - like walking or stretching. This way, you can feel a sense of accomplishment for being active without pushing yourself to a place of discomfort.


If you experience serious side effects from your COVID-19 vaccine, call your doctor right away.


Planning Exercise After COVID-19 Vaccine


It's probably best not to plan to exercise after your vaccine - just in case. Tell your personal trainer that you'll need to skip a session.


It takes 2 weeks after your vaccination to be fully protected against the virus. So, you should still wear a mask and social distance for that time period. After the 2 weeks, you can safely be inside with other vaccinated individuals (even without masks!) - did you ever think we would get here?!


Check with your gym or exercise facility how they are planning to handle safety precautions. Many indoor spaces will still require masks on behalf of individuals who are not yet vaccinated.


Learning to Listen to Your Body


Generally speaking, don't exercise when you aren't feeling well. Chances are it won't be your best workout and it won't help you feel better any faster.


Learning to listen to your body's signals is important. Know when to take a rest day or to modify your workout for optimal recovery. There's a time to push yourself and a time to rest - learning the balance is key.


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