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What Experts Say About Exercising After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine


So, you’ve had your COVID-19 vaccine and you’re feeling motivated to stay proactive about your health. You’re thinking about hitting the gym or working out at home. What do the experts have to say about that? Can you exercise after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? The short answer is “yes – if done safely.”

What to Know About Exercising After the Vaccine 

Experts suggest there’s nothing inherently dangerous about exercising after getting the vaccine. You should be safe to exercise even with mild side effects. The main risk of exercising after the vaccine especially if using fitness equipment is that any side-effects could compromise the quality of the workout and make it less fun for you. There is no evidence that exercising affects the potency and effectiveness of the vaccine, however. 

You should listen to your body as a rule of thumb. If you don’t feel well enough to exercise after getting the vaccine, then take a rest day for yourself. Missing a day or two of exercise might suck, but it’s worse to exercise when you aren’t feeling up to it. If anything, this is counterproductive because you can’t work at your best. 

Depending on the side effects you feel and how severe they are, you might want to do a gentler version of your regular workout instead of skipping it altogether. For example, if you have an itchy arm but otherwise feel fine, you might want to switch a full-body routine to exercising your legs and core. If you feel lethargic but still want to move around a bit, you can take a brisk walk instead of doing a full HIIT routine. 

You might be able to reduce the intensity of the side effects by taking aspirin, antihistamines, or ibuprofen. If you take a painkiller and it leaves you feeling good enough to go for a workout, there’s nothing to stop you from going for it. If you don’t have side effects or you can manage them with medication, then you’re free to work out as much as you did before. 

If you experience some debilitating side effects after the vaccine, such as a fever, fatigue, or muscle pain, then you’re better off calling a doctor or going to the ER. You should also talk to your doctor if the pain or redness of the injection site gets worse after 24 hours or your side effects don’t go away within a few days. Call 999 if you think you are having a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. 

Final Thoughts

There’s nothing inherently wrong with exercising after getting your vaccine. However, you should talk to your doctor if you notice any side effects such as a high fever, runny nose, loss of sense of taste or smell, or other COVID-19 symptoms. If you have no side effects at all then you can exercise as much as you want. If you notice minor side effects and can control them with medication, consider lowering the intensity of your workout. 



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