Trainers and healthcare professionals have some words of advice for anyone hefting weights or stepping onto an elliptical machine post-lockdown: easy does it. Exercising after a long hiatus such as the months-long lockdown wrought by COVID-19 can spell trouble for anyone doing too much too soon.

The value of exercise

Wanting to resume a pre-pandemic workout regimen as quickly as possible is understandable. Exercise dials up the brain's production of endorphins, improving the mood and engendering a sense of well-being. It also boosts cognitive function, according to researchers, and helps ward off disease. A woman whose weekly workout regimen is equivalent to a brisk, seven-hour walk is half as likely to develop colon cancer as a woman who exercises each week about the equivalent of a slow, hour-long walk, according to a