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Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak: Two Ways Fastercise Can Help

Fastercise uniquely suited for reducing the spread of viral illness because it can be done anytime, anywhere, in any attire and helps boost your immune system


By Denis Wilson, MD

Published 3/14/2020

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1. Helps You Avoid Unnecessary Exposure to Coronavirus

Australian physician and journalist Dr. Norman Swan warns that gym-goers should be “super careful” to wipe down the gym equipment they are using with an alcohol-based sanitizer.  Chinese data shows that gyms were some of the high prevalence areas for coronavirus.  Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, issued an executive order on 03/20/2020 that requires all gymnasiums and fitness centers in Florida to close indefinitely. 

In an interview with ABC, Swan suggested wiping down the equipment before and after each use.  Some gyms are currently closing down every 45 minutes to sanitize the equipment. People should be sure to wash their hands before and after their workouts.

Swan explained that dampness helps spread germs, and that it’s wise to use hand sanitizer to wipe everything down in the gym where there's so much sweat and wetness.  New reports are showing that coronavirus can drift up to 10 feet through the air and can remain active for up to four days on some surfaces.

This may be the perfect time for you and your loved ones to learn and apply the science of Fastercise.  Not only can you easily do Fastercise without any equipment at home, in your car, at your desk, or anywhere you are, you will likely feel really great and may even get better results.  You will likely enjoy it much more than your previous workouts because you can enjoy it with your favorite music and it only takes a few minutes. You won’t even need to change your clothes or put on shoes.

2. Helps Support Your Immune System

Not only can you safely do Fastercise in the privacy and quarantine of your own home but it is likely that Fastercise will boost your immune function so that you are more resistant to coronavirus and that your symptoms aren’t as severe and don’t last as long if you do catch it.

A recent study shows that people with obesity-related conditions of diabetes and hypertension were 60% more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, to be put on a ventilator, or to die from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) than people without diabetes or hypertension.1  

In The Power of Fastercise, I describe how "Storage mode" is one of the body's survival strategies that involves storing more fat and building less muscle in order to better survive famine.  Storage mode favors obesity, less energy consumption, and perhaps fewer mitochondria (the powerhouses of your cells).  Mitochondria provide at least 90% of the power for all of your bodily functions including fighting infection.  High-intensity exercise like Fastercise increases the size and number of your mitochondria.  So it comes as no surprise that high-intensity exercise has been shown to support immune function.  

Also, high-intensity exercise can raise epinephrine levels dramatically in just a few minutes when low-intensity exercise like walking or jogging on a treadmill for 45 minutes does not.2   Our immune cells have epinephrine receptors which suggests that epinephrine can help us battle against foreign intruders such as viruses.


Best wishes, and Happy Fastercising!

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Denis Wilson, MD is the creator of Fastercise and author of The Power of Fastercise

1. Comorbidity and its impact on 1,590 patients with COVID-19 in China: A Nationwide Analysis

Wei-jie Guan, et al.  medRxiv 2020.02.25.20027664; doi:

2. Zouhal H, Jacob C, et al. Catecholamines and the Effects of Exercise, Training and Gender. Sports Medicine, 38 volume 5; 2008:401–423  doi:10.2165/00007256-200838050-00004 

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