Can you go to the gym after your Covid vaccine?

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All people over the age of 18 in England are now eligible to book their Covid vaccine appointments. Boris Johnson said of the feat: “Offering all adults a jab less than 200 days after the programme launched is one of our country’s greatest collective achievements, saving over 14,000 lives so far.” To date, the UK has rolled out more than 70 million doses of Covid vaccines.

Four out of five people (80.1 percent) have now received their first dose of a Covid vaccine.

Another 58.2 percent of people have also received their second vaccine dose already.

The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are currently being administered, but people under 40 should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab due to a small number of cases of rare blood clots.

Eight to 12 weeks after the first dose has been administered, people will need to get a second vaccine dose for maximum protection.

Can you go to the gym after your Covid vaccine?

Dr James Hull, associate professor at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London, told Stylist it may be a good idea to avoid vigorous exercise on the day of vaccination.

Dr Hull said: “It’s just a logical approach. If you then get a reaction including muscle pain or headaches, you won’t know if it’s the vaccine or the vigorous exercise you’ve done.”

With regards to exercise post-vaccination, experts say there is no evidence exercising after getting a Covid vaccine can reduce its effectiveness.

David Wyles, MD, infectious disease specialist and head of infectious disease at Denver Health, told Health: “I don’t think there’s anything dangerous about exercising after you get the vaccine.”

But some people will experience some of the common side effects associated with Covid vaccines after their appointments.

So it may be a good idea to reschedule a session of heavy exercise for another day after having the vaccine.

Dr Hull added: “Light exercise is fine but we generally recommend avoiding very hard exercise in the 48 hours post vaccination.

“This is on the basis that a large proportion of people will develop some, usually minor, side effects (eg headache and muscle aches).”

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What are some of the side effects of the Covid vaccine?

According to the NHS, common side effects of the vaccine include:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

Some people may get side effects from the Covid vaccine, but these are usually mild and shouldn’t last for longer than a week.

More serious side effects are considered to be very rare, but the NHS website advises people to call 111 if symptoms get worse or if they are worried about their symptoms.

The NHS website states: “You may also get a high temperature or feel hot or shivery one or two days after your vaccination.

“You can take painkillers such as paracetamol if you need to. If your symptoms get worse or you’re worried, call 111.”

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