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Expert suggestions for maintaining your workouts during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically shifted daily routines, including exercise and workout regimes. Now more than ever, experts say it’s important to make room for exercise to manage your physical and mental health.

"Block off time to work out and try to stick to a routine, just as you would normally," said Bonnie P. Gregory, MD, a sports medicine specialist at UT Physicians and assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. "When you’re not used to working from home, you can easily get distracted by chores and other to-dos, but committing to 10, 20, or 60 minutes for your physical and mental health is of utmost importance."


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How to tell the difference between soreness and an injury

It’s common for inexperienced exercisers to feel soreness after a strenuous workout. However, there is a difference between muscular soreness and pain. Bonnie P. Gregory, MD, orthopedic surgeon, shares her expertise on common workout injuries and when you should see a physician.

"Each person has a different threshold for physical activity, based on factors such as age, health, workout intensity, strength, and overall fitness level," said Gregory. "Staying within your threshold usually results in soreness and gains; exceeding your threshold often results in pain and injury."


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