Jamie Costello: Exercise and Long-Haul COVID-19

August 20, 2021
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

Costello suggests low intensity exercise for those coming off of COVID-19 infections.

Long-haul COVID-19 cases can be debilitating and concerning.

And exercise can be especially difficult for this patient population.

But a slow and light routine could be beneficial for long-haul patients.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Jamie Costello, MSC, Pritikin Longevity Center, explained important and challenging it is to develop exercise programs for COVID-19 patients, but also ensuring that they do not overexert themselves.

Patients with comprised systems should focus less on exercise intensity and more on developing consistently then volume.

These patients should also utilize technology like heart rate monitors to get volume of activity, without overexerting the intensity.

Costello also spoke about how much of the community has turned to exercise as a stress relief during the ongoing pandemic.

He said initially many coped with food or substances like drugs or alcohol, but when it became apparent the pandemic was going to be lasting many turned to exercise to fight stress and cope with the situation.

In line with that notion, Costello said looking at exercise as less about losing weight or measurable statistics and more about what the total holistic benefit of an exercise program could be