Running too far too soon puts you at risk of overuse injuries. It’s best to begin with a gradual walk/run interval program, she advised, and also to have a specialist assess your injury risk and recommend specific exercises to help you avoid injuries.
It’s especially important not to push yourself too hard if you’ve had COVID-19, be it weeks or months before starting or returning to running, she added.
You should carefully monitor shortness of breath, heart rate and oxygen saturation while you run, because pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs) have occurred up to several months after a COVID-19 diagnosis.
“While this is rare, these can be life-threatening even in active, fit individuals,” Neurohr said.
If you have underlying heart or lung conditions or had to be hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms, you need medical clearance to run, she stressed.
“If you had a very mild case and have been symptom-free for at least seven days, you likely can initiate a light exercise program,” Neurohr said.
But even young, healthy adults who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few months should consult their doctor before resuming vigorous exercise like running, she added.
For more on returning to physical activity after COVID-19, visit the Cleveland Clinic website.
SOURCE: Lifebridge Health, news release, April 16, 2021