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😷 Health Hack 😷 with @amysfitnessandnutition

I can’t wait to stop talking about it…but in the meantime, I think this is a pretty important topic.

Who's Got COVID?

After two years of anxiety, lockdowns, border closures, business closures and mask wearing we’re finally at the coal face. I’m sitting here, writing this, after an interesting week. Last week I thought I was more tired and achy than usual. The combination of too much work, pushing hard at the gym and sleeping in a rooftop tent clearly hadn’t worked for me. It wasn’t until I was halfway through a gym class it hit me. This wasn’t right. I felt like a grandad with emphysema. For someone who rarely gets ill it was a shock. Although I still wanted to work, workout, hold meetings…my body was giving me a hard no. Off I went to get some RAT tests. It was a strong positive, 20 seconds into the 15 minutes you are supposed to wait.

So, what is it like? No walk in the park. As someone who considers myself relatively healthy it still took me down like a tonne of bricks. So, here is an insight into my experience, what might be to come and some tools for handling it.

Symptoms & How To Tell If You’ve Got It - Extreme Fatigue and Tiredness - Body Aches - Headaches - Sore Throat, Cough & Running Nose - Shortness of Breath (like all the fitness you’ve ever done, never happened)

What To Do - Look after yourself - Your body is fighting a battle, try not to give it other things to worry about - No strenuous exercise but if you feel up to it make sure you keep moving, walking and getting fresh air - Dose up on what your body needs; Vitamin C, good food and plenty of hot drinks - Sleep as much as possible; this is when our bodies repair and recover the most

Additional Considerations - Understand that it is a challenging time for those closest to you as well – knowing what to think, feel and how to behave as a household contact is new to most people - Along the same vein, be ready for some people to literally look at you as if you have leprosy – it’ll happen. No, I’m not coming near you …chill out. It’s new to all of us and some people just don’t know how to handle it. - Be open and honest about not being able to meet life and work commitments. You’ll be surprised at how understanding most people are. - Don’t try and do too much too quickly – this is how long COVID supposedly develops

As someone who considers themselves pretty tough, currently sat here on Day 7 of symptoms, still testing a strong positive my advice is not to rush back. Admittedly, I think I have Delta which is a lot worse than omicron so take it as it comes – for some I’ve heard it’s a lot quicker and easier. Equally, a number of clients and friends have reported still feeling fatigued, with shortness of breath well beyond the seven days. So, if you get it. Sit tight and get ready for some forced self-care. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.

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