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You've recovered from COVID-19 and you're itching to get back into your regular fitness routine. How do you get started and how soon after recovery can you exercise?

Liezel van der Westhuizen and CapeTalk's Wasanga Mehana turn to Dr Gary Lowenstein for answers.

Dr Gary Lowenstein is one of South Africa's top fitness trainers, with over 35 years of experience in health and wellness.

The best way to actually get into exercise is to go very slowly. Depending on how severe you had the virus, you can start off by doing a slow walk, maybe for 20 minutes three times a week.

Dr Gary Lowenstein

If you feel that is not adequate and you can do more, then do a 20-minute slow walk, not run, and get into your weight training exercises. Do one set of each body part, it should take you about 30 minutes.

Dr Gary Lowenstein

Slowly week to week, you can build up... I definitely would go back at least 50% of what you were doing before, before you even get back into it.

Dr Gary Lowenstein

Liezel adds to not put pressure on yourself, take it back even less if you like. Take it slow and remember to first seek advice from a medical professional.

Listen to the audio below for more on when to start exercising after recovery, and just how you can retrain to get those fitness levels up.

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