Many of you most likely have not gotten both your vaccine(s) yet. But I hope at some point, you all do.
My advice is only based on personal experience. I AM NOT A DOCTOR nor do I have any medical background.
So that’s my topic for today: Five Things to Do After You Get Your COVID Vaccine
1.Exercise your Arm.
Soreness at the injection site is the most common side effect of the vaccine. (BTW: I did think that my arm was more sore after the Shingles Vaccine.)
I found that when I exercised my left arm by lifting a weight throughout the day, the pain disappeared. It worked for me. Just try it.
I have also heard, for the same reason, to get the shot in your dominant arm.
You may feel feverish or have a headache. I am someone who rarely drinks water. I made sure that I drank a lot of water. I think it helped. I felt fine.
It is common to feel tired, achy or under the weather. You may be tempted to stay in bed and just rest. But you should not. I don’t mean run 10 miles but go for a walk, take a bike ride, or go for an easy run. I did force myself to go for a walk. I felt much better after the walk than before. I then went for a slow run the next day.
I even ran a half marathon a few days after my 2nd shot.
4. Think Positively.
Mind over matter, right? Don’t worry or stress about the side effects. The side effects (that I have mentioned) are usually mild and subside after a few days. They show that the vaccine is working, because the vaccine stimulates the immune system as the body forms antibodies against the virus.
No matter how awful you may feel, it’s better than getting COVID or worse giving it to someone else.
5. If your side effects are severe or last more than a few days, contact your doctor.
Extreme side effects are supposedly rare but everyone reacts differently. Do not take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, unless advised by your doctor.
Happy Running! Have you had the vaccine? If you did, did you have a reaction? Would you have done anything differently? Any other advice. Please share.
I would have gotten the vaccine in my dominant arm. I would have worried less before the vaccine about a reaction (or at least talked about it less lol).
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