13th June 2024

Can I go to gym after Covid vaccination?

COVID-19 has drastically affected our lives since the pandemic, from how we socialize with others to how we work. It has also influenced how we used to exercise and work out. The availability of the covid 19 vaccine these days is assisting us in regaining some sense of regularity in our everyday lives. For many people, this means we may return to the gym or swimming pool sooner or later. However, like with any new treatment, people are understandably skeptical.

Can I Go To Gym After Covid Vaccination?

Whether you exercise at home or in a public setting, you may have doubts if you can work out after receiving the vaccination, how soon you may resume, and how much you can do. The answer is yes, you may resume your workout schedule as usual, as there is lack of evidence that exercising after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is hazardous. The only safety concerns

are related to your body’s response to the vaccination. It may or may not exacerbate the following common adverse effects of vaccination.Pain, swelling and redness over the site of injection

  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

According to a 2021 New England Journal of Medicine research, exercise following the first injection may not be a problem if your adverse reactions are minor; however, some reports showed these adverse effects may be more significant after the second dose. Anyhow, it makes no mention of any dangers associated with exercise.

Roughly half of the recipients who receive the vaccination have adverse effects, which generally only appear after the second dosage, with fatigue being the most common reported. Exercise may exacerbate these adverse effects, yet there are no significant hazards to exercising after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

Keep in mind that in Malaysia, we are still subject to COVID-19 pandemic movement control. You may visit the gym after the specific movement restriction has been lifted, but please keep a social distance of at least 1.5 metres from others while exercising and take care of your own hygiene according to the settings, even if you have completed 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

What Exercises Are Suitable After Covid Vaccination?

If you have a history of asthma or other respiratory problems or any history of allergy reactions, you should avoid strenuous aerobic exercise until you know how your body will react to the vaccination. You should also have your life saving medications prepared or standby, such as an inhaler, when you resume exercising.

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, no specific form of activities or exercises are advised. In general, exercising has been demonstrated to be an efficient immunity booster and may even improve the vaccine’s efficacy. To support this, researchers observed in a 2021 review on exercise and immunity, that moderate to vigorous physical activity resulted in a 31% lower risk of community-acquired illnesses and a 37% lower risk of infectious disease death. Furthermore, exercise has been found to boost vaccination potency by boosting antibody concentration. These findings were not particular to COVID-19, but they do demonstrate another advantage of regular exercise.

This review looked at aerobic activity such as running, cycling, and so on, as well as resistance training separately and in combination. Eventually, all these training and exercises were proved to attain the same advantages.

Therefore, we can state that aerobic exercise and resistance training have been found to be effective in lowering the risk of community-acquired illnesses and may also increase the potency of vaccinations.