Why Exercise is Tricky After Covid-19

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A lot of time has been spent focusing on bringing employees back to work during the pandemic. But perhaps not enough time has been spent about bringing employees back to work who have had the Covid-19 and work in a physically demanding job.

In a recent message from “Exercise is Medicine”, Drs. Neiman and Denay were interviewed for an article that appeared in Elemental called “Why Exercising is So Tricky After Covid-19”. This article has great advice for people to return to normal activities including exercising after Covid-19. It also identifies serious side effects from Covid that should be considered especially for employees in physically demanding jobs.

It was not too many years ago that the worker doing physically demanding jobs was referred to as the “industrial athlete”. Remember many of the industrial athletes do vigorous kinds of labor for extended periods of time. This kind of work could have negative effects on the health of worker returning from Covid if the appropriate steps are not taken to protect the heart and lungs.

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Why Exercise is Tricky after Covid-19

Muscular Strength Can Optimize Survival Outcomes in Certain Cancer Patients

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IPCS has been a strong proponent of maintaining a healthy muscle mass not only to prevent soft tissue injuries but to prevent costly medical claims as well.

The Journal of American Medical Association – Oncology, published on April 5, 2018, has presented even more critical information on the importance of maintaining a healthy and strong muscle mass. The article is written by Caan, BJ and others entitled, “Association of Muscle and Adiposity Measured by Computed Tomography with Survival in Patients with Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer”.

In this study, approximately 3,300 females with nonmetastatic breast cancer were tracked over a 6-year period. Caan measured the amount of muscle mass (sarcopenia vs non-sarcopenic), muscle quality and fatness (below the skin, within muscle, visceral-around internal organs) and several other body compositions including body mass index (BMI).


Women who were non-sarcopenic (high amount of muscle mass) with the lowest total fatness (in the bottom one-third ranking for fatness), had a 41% increase in survivability when compared to women who were sarcopenic (low levels of muscle mass) and in the highest one-third for fatness. Measures found that muscle quality was not a factor.

Furthermore, women with a body mass index of 35 and higher and sarcopenic, were at increased risk of mortality. An association with BMI’s less than 35 and being sarcopenic did not exist.


  1. Women with nonmetastatic breast cancer could benefit from treatment involving strength training.
  2. As a deterrent to nonmetastatic breast cancer, and perhaps other kinds of cancers (supported by current research), maintaining a strong and healthy muscle mass through employee health plans decreases a person’s risk of cancer and may increase the survivability of individuals who may get cancer.
  3. BMI certainly has a role in measuring body size and fatness but perhaps the greater emphasis should be placed on individuals with a BMI of 35 and greater.