Can I Exercise After Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine?


Cheng Sim •  Jul 13, 2021

Now that more countries are ramping up their vaccination program, it's exciting to see more people getting vaccinated and keeping themselves protected from COVID-19. Whether you're getting your first or second dose, you might be wondering, "Can I exercise after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?" Look no further because we've got some answers!

What are the side effects of COVID-19 vaccine?

The side effects vary according to the COVID-19 vaccine you're getting. It's important to know that you might not experience the same short-term side effect as your loved one or someone you know. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), these are the common side effects of COVID-19 vaccine, which are usually mild to moderate and short-lasting:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pain at the injection site

Can I exercise after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

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The Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH) recommends that everyone, especially adolescents and younger men below 30 years old, to avoid strenuous physical activity and intense exercises for 7 days after the first and second doses. It includes swimming, cycling, jogging, running, lifting heavy weights, competitive sports or physical education, as well as playing ball or racket games. If you experience any chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal heart beats during this time, MOH recommends that you seek immediate medical attention.

However, you're allowed to do light activities such as stretching, working while standing, casual walking and housework.

Credit: Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia on Facebook

The Ministry of Health, Malaysia also echoes the same health advisory when it comes to working out after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. It's best to avoid strenuous activities and seek immediate medical attention from the nearest clinic and hospital if you're experiencing the symptoms above.

We hope this article answers some of the questions you might have about whether you can exercise after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Don't forget to check out more related articles below!