The fight against coronavirus
Older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for the novel coronavirus. Understanding that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus altogether, we still want to promote aging adults to stay physically active to maintain appropriate physical performance. Especially strength training at least two days in a week for all big muscle groups will result for better cognition, avoid falls and improve quality of life.
Importantly, our immune systems grow weaker as we age, which makes it more challenging for older adults to fight off infectious diseases. Chronic diseases are more common with age, can damage the immune system, and make people more vulnerable to serious complications. Understanding that muscles could act as an immune organ by producing acute phase protective proteins, regular strength training might be a crucial preventive action to fight against the coronavirus.
We all understand the severity of this global challenge, but please go ahead with physically active lifestyle and regular strength training for keeping fit and immune system ready for fight.
Director, Research & Education