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COVID patients with sedentary habits more likely to die: study

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The governments imposing lockdowns and curfews care so much about the public that they saved them from potentially exercising outdoors and risk catching the coronavirus...

Seems to have really helped!

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Not only for covid but almost every other illness.

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The governments imposing lockdowns and curfews care so much about the public that they saved them from potentially exercising outdoors and risk catching the coronavirus...

Seems to have really helped!

None of the measures include restriction of movement or exercise except for doing it in close proximity of other people. Even if lockdowns are related with an unnecessary reduction of physical activity levels, that has to be measured against the obvious reduction of risk product from not being infected on the first place and the improvement of the prognosis from having a functional health service for treatment.

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For the past year, everyday walking, gardening and daily gym visits but remain overweight.

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So, the bottom line is GET YOUR BUTTS OFF THE SOFA AND GO FOR A LONG WALK, HIKE, OR JOG!

Going outdoors is best because of the fresher air, especially in the cooler months.

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The governments imposing lockdowns and curfews care so much about the public that they saved them from potentially exercising outdoors and risk catching the coronavirus...

As someone who lived through the 111-day lockdown in Melbourne last year, I have never seen so many people out and about walking, running and bike riding as I did during that time. Outdoor exercise was never banned during the lockdown, which attracted plenty of ill-informed criticism from right-wing sources and some posters here on JT. I checked the exercise situation in the UK before posting, and it's the same there, outdoor exercise is allowed during lockdown. More severe lockdowns, such as the one in South Australia last year where all outdoor exercise was banned, lasted for only six days. Not much chance of a severe deterioration in health in six days.

You should stop posting disinformation and start getting out there and exercising yourself, if you're not already doing so. I'm still out here walking most days, plus reformer Pilates once a week. As for all those other lockdown exercisers, I'm hoping they're back at the gym or the health club.

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Is it safe to go to the sports centers? And is it safe to swim during this pandemic?

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Zichi,

exercise must be combined with control over food and drink intake. I don’t call it diet, but some discipline and habit changes.

try 3 weeks not to eat anything after 20h00. That reads ANYTHING. Do drink water. Alcohol of course is a weight control enemy. Don’t deny yourself your favourite drink just postpone in your mind the next glass of wine, beer, sake... with one hour, one hour again..

all the best

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robert maes

thank you. I have limited my daily calorie to about 1500 over three meals for more than a year. Write it down daily on an iPhone app. Also, record exercise. To maintain current weight would be 2600 calorie. Try to keep carbs to 100 grams max. Brown grains and bread. Don't snack between meals. Last meal of the day usually by 8 pm followed by breakfast at around 9-10 am. Fasting for 12-14 hours. Drink water usually except when planning to go out for the day. One 350 ml can of beer for dinner, or some wine or sake.

Think I should get my thyroid tested.

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Good diet and exercise advice from @RobertMaes and @zichi. - Thanks.

Speaking of doing things ‘in moderation’ @2:13pm - “Funny how...” some people routinely try to slip in their ‘anti-semitism’ and other ‘racist’ remarks with ‘poor’ attempts at humour. Also, strange how some are allowed to escape the watchful eyes and “delete key”.

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@Zichi: You have not told us if you are taking meds that have critically slowed down your metabolism.

Calories are straight science. You have really reduced them, but your body is still storing fat. Less calories and you should start to reduce. It is a proven fact and can and has been documented in studies of concentration camps across the globe.

Do keep drinking water though and talk to some doctors. Calories too high, weight reduction cannot happen. We all need less food as we get older, and actually it is proven that a very low calorie diet allows for warm blooded animals to live much longer.

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Kyakusenbi_Arimasu

no major meds. Just a daily pill for my uric acid levels for gout.

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Encourage active travel(biking/walking) and discourage sedentary habits(driving) with infrastructure and incentives/disincentives (network of protected bike lanes, free bike parking, road diets, lower speed limits, higher fines, congestion pricing and car-free streets and zones).

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The diseases listed in this article are extremely dangerous in their own right. Anyone that suffers from them is already vulnerable. And the correlation to the covid victims that encounter severe symptoms or death may not be so coincidental.

https://www.tfah.org/report-details/state-of-obesity-2020/#:~:text=The%20U.S.%20adult%20obesity%20rate%20stands%20at%2042.4%20percent%2C%20the,by%2026%20percent%20since%202008.

As for government implementing asinine policies: What else is new?

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"Unhealthy people more likely to die from disease" Who would've thought?

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I don’t agree with all those constructed correlations, maybe some even only intended to promote special interests or ideological theses. The statements above about some explicitly named pre-existing conditions surely might sometimes or often be valid with other diseases and diagnoses, but not here, when talking about COVID-19. This is really not a standard case, but very uncommon and specific now, so that many more and also additional other factors need to be taken into consideration, some of them can’t even be discussed in public nowadays and can only be detected when reading between the lines and numbers of statistics print-outs.

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The article states what we knew last March. Strong health reduces the risk of serious illness, weak health increases it. Japan is slimmer and fitter compared to the U.S. Japan fared much better against COVID.

It is inexplicable, then, why some U.S. States failed to encourage more exercise, outdoor or indoor. Seems they were more keen on keeping people and businesses locked down. Gyms in many States had success in re-opening and keeping COVID under control, right after the nationwide lockdown.

All other gyms should have re-opened shortly thereafter. Gyms in California (and some other States) were closed for most of the past year, though nail salons were open.

It is unfortunate that propaganda and politics led the COVID response in many places, not science.

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Sadly, when sedentary folk pass on, few are likely to notice.

On a more positive note, a disease that removes the sedentary also removes the burdens borne by the productive.

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Sadly, when sedentary folk pass on, few are likely to notice.

Sedentary folks all live alone? They're hermits? They have no friends? No families?

On a more positive note, a disease that removes the sedentary also removes the burdens borne by the productive.

Oh I see, you're a eugenicist.

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It is inexplicable, then, why some U.S. States failed to encourage more exercise, outdoor or indoor. 

Inexplicable if you assume the measures were aimed at people's health.

Main goals were actually control and vaccine distribution.

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Inexplicable if you assume the measures were aimed at people's health.

Main goals were actually control and vaccine distribution.

False, health promotion is an ongoing effort and the population has been continuously exposed to information that say comorbidities makes the infection particularly important. This include dietary deficiencies, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, etc. At this point nobody not living under a rock can honestly say they have not been warned about it. The solutions to each of those problem have not changed, they are the same as they were 2 years ago, and anybody that wants to improve their health have at their fingertips all the information necessary to correct those problems, or it can simply go to any doctor to have personalized professional advice.

The spreading of the disease is in comparison not a personal problem but a community one, the actions of people can not only increase the risk for themselves but also for those around them and specially for those in vulnerable position, for whom doing their best to live healthy and protect themselves from infection are not enough as long as asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people are common.

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Indeed, we've been constantly exposed to information about the importance of ensuring we have sufficient vitamin D, zinc, as well as decreasing our carb intake. Oh wait! I've only seen this on the so called conspiracy sites....

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Indeed, we've been constantly exposed to information about the importance of ensuring we have sufficient vitamin D, zinc, as well as decreasing our carb intake. Oh wait! I've only seen this on the so called conspiracy sites....

It is not unusual that people only see things only in the places they look for it. For people that do not think all scientific and medical institutions are the same to "big pharma" they have also pertinent information about factors of risk and link to specific pages with the measures to take to reduce them (that again are the same as always, exercise, control of the glucemia or stop smoking for example were not things discovered after the pandemic)

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