The Science of Exercise—and Getting Back in the Game I NOVA Now

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What happens to the bodies and minds of athletes, both elite and amateur, when training is put on hold? And how do we all safely ease back into exercise?

We’re stretching it out and exploring the science of exercise and—after more than a year of unexpected interruption—getting back in the game. Dr. Alok Patel checks in with an expert in exercise physiology and an Olympic athlete, biomechanist, and chiropractor.

They discuss training under lockdown, what happens to the body and mind when taking time away from intense training, and how amateurs can safely ease back into exercise—just in time to watch the 2021 Olympic games.

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