Can you believe it's been a while since we've delved into the nitty-gritty of COVID-related topics?
Well, this week, something super interesting crossed my desk that I just had to share with you all.
Back in 2020, when this blog first kicked off, we were all about navigating the challenges of lockdowns and staying connected. I used to chat a lot about how COVID was affecting our ability to hit the gym or go for our usual workouts.
But recently, I stumbled upon a research paper that got me thinking. It turns out, medical science has been working hard to connect the dots for those dealing with long COVID, especially when it comes to hitting the gym.
So, what's the scoop?
A group of smart researchers in the Netherlands looked at two sets of people: those diagnosed with long COVID and those who had fully recovered. They ran them through some exercise tests, checked their breathing and blood vessels, and even took muscle biopsies from their legs.
And guess what they found?
It's not just about our lungs – it's all about our muscles!
These individuals with long COVID had some challenges in their muscle system, affecting their ability to handle exercise. The powerhouse of our cells, called mitochondria, had some limitations in using oxygen and producing energy at the cellular level.
Now, here's the kicker: while we've been thinking of COVID as a respiratory illness, these researchers found that the trouble with exercise lies more in the muscles. Long COVID folks not only experienced more muscle breakdown after exercise, but they also used the kind of muscles that get tired more quickly compared to our usual endurance heroes.
You may have already heard of: "post-exertional malaise." It basically means that for some dealing with long COVID, exercise can be a real challenge.
Now, don't get me wrong – staying active is fantastic for most of us. But it's crucial to know that some folks out there might still be wrestling with the aftermath of having COVID.
So, why am I bringing this up? Well, our little community started back in 2020, and I feel it's important to share these insights with you. As someone passionate about exercise science, I find this info pretty fascinating! Supporting clients facing the challenges of long COVID has proven to be a journey filled with progress that often feels like taking one step forward and then encountering the setback of five steps back. It's undeniably a tough road.
For those of you who love diving into the details, I've included a link to the actual research paper. Check it out if you're interested.
Hope your week has been full of the activity you love, and remember, I'm here if you need any support.
Let's keep this community strong and informed!
Stay well and happy moving,
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