A swimming workout (moderate intensity) has left my arms and shoulders tender and weak. I know back when I was housebound that I lost muscle that I'm never going to regain, but every now and then I try anyway. Every time, it hurts. It saps my energy.
Being physically inactive has an array of consequences besides postexertional malaise. If you are able to move, I think you should do so within your personal physical activity limits.
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