(Meredith) -- Are you concerned about keeping up with your normal exercise routine after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? Well, there’s no need to worry.
We have some insight from Dara P. Kapoor, Digital Director at HEALTH, to help you understand how vaccine effects can hinder your workout.
Kapoor said in most cases, it’s totally OK to work out before or after your shot, as long as you're feeling well enough. You should be aware however of the common side effects of the vaccine like fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea, could prevent you from doing your usual routine. The side effects are no cause for concern.
“[Side effects are] just your body doing its job, it’s not worth pushing yourself if you’re not feeling up to it. The side effects should wear off in a couple of days and you’ll be able to get back into your groove,” Kapoor said.
Severe side effects are rare, but if you have symptoms that persist for more than 48 hours, or you experience rare symptoms like a skin rash or facial paralysis, call your doctor or head to the emergency room.
Kapoor said there is no risks with exercising after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
“The only risk of exercising after a COVID-19 vaccine is that some of the side effects may reduce the quality of your workout and make it less enjoyable overall. But the good news is there’s no evidence that exercising right before or right after the vaccine would impact the effectiveness of the vaccine,” Kapoor said.
As a rule of thumb, just listen to your body. If you don't feel well enough to exercise after getting a vaccine, take a rest day. If you’re feeling okay, go ahead and do whatever type of exercise you feel up to.
“If you're feeling a little lethargic, but still want to get in some movement, you might go on a long walk in lieu of your typical HIIT workout,” Kapoor said. “Forcing yourself to break a sweat when you're not feeling good is just counterproductive.”
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