Whether you are recovering from COVID-19, have been shielding, or haven’t been able to remain as active as usual due to COVID-19, it is likely that your physical health has been affected. You may need to build up your fitness to get back to completing the same activities that you used to enjoy prior to the pandemic.
Being active in addition to good nutrition in essential in helping you recover from COVID-19.
At Cardiff and Vale University Health Board we advocate taking a ‘pacing’ approach to managing your return to physical health.
Pacing focuses on taking small steps towards your fitness goal, starting with simple activities over short periods of time and gradually increasing the difficulty and duration of them.
For most people this means finding your current level, practicing until you feel comfortable, and then making small changes. Everybody’s starting point is different and the size of the changes that people can manage will differ between individuals for many reasons, including previous fitness and health problems.
It is important to complete activities at the right level. If you overexert yourself you risk suffering setbacks such as injury or fatigue. If in doubt, start low and build slowly.
Please watch this video for advice on pacing prior to starting the graded exercise programmes on this website.