Physical inactivity is associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes: a study in 48 440

This is something you need to know … and it’s NOT something that the news is actively covering or that you’ll hear a lot about. 

A new study of 48,440 Covid patients in California shows that the people who were consistently inactive during the 2 years before the pandemic were more likely to:

  1. Be hospitalized

  2. Admitted to intensive care units

  3. Or, die (compared to patients who regularly met physical activity guidelines). 

IN FACT: besides age, pregnancy, and having an organ transplant, being sedentary was linked to the HIGHEST chance of being hospitalized!

The study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (You can read the study here: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/04/07/bjsports-2021-104080)

The researchers created three categories:

  1. Working out 150 minutes or more a week (the amount recommended in Heart and Stroke guidelines)

  2. Getting some activity (11-149 minutes a week, or working out but not being consistent)

  3. Being consistently inactive (0-10 minutes a week)

Here’s what they discovered:

People who were INACTIVE (not exercising at all):

  1. Had 1.73 times HIGHER odds of ending up in the ICU

  2. Had 2.49 times HIGHER risk of dying

compared to those who met activity guidelines.

Not only that … but people who got SOME EXERCISE but didn’t meet guidelines consistently:

  1. Had 1.58 times HIGHER odds ending up in the ICU, 

  2. And had 1.88 times greater odds of death 

than regular exercisers.

QUESTION: So according to this study, what’s one thing you can do to put yourself in the best possible position for COVID? 

ANSWER: Exercise just 150 minutes per week. (which you can do in just 30 minutes, 5 days a week!) 

Get your friends and family on board, too … so we can ALL be healthier, together. 

If you need help getting started, please reach out.  We are hear to help you map out a plan that works for YOU and where you’re at in your life. 

Doing what you can to be PROACTIVE is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your loved ones.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Andy Luukkonen BPHE Hons. TMR L1, FMS 2

Body Fit is led by fitness expert , Andy Luukkonen, who is considered the authority on getting everyday people in the BEST shape of their lives by helping them move better, feel better and perform better.

He is the expert that local health care professionals trust. Andy continues to be the preferred Fitness Professional of choice when they refer patients for post rehab or special needs care. He is the expert you should go to if you need help with fitness, mindset and well being.

No matter what your current level of fitness is, if you live in or near Uxbridge, Andy, and his team can show you how to reclaim your body fast and achieve your health and fitness goals.