So yeah, so I’m recovering from Covid. (I got my negative test today on Day 8). And unfortunately, it wasn’t the “oh, that’s why I had a scratchy throat” type, it was the body aches, chills, knocked down, dragged out, in my jammies until noon (IYKYK), blah, meh, malaise, sit on my butt, watch tv all-damn-day kind.
I was feeling so bad I didn’t have any guilt about missing work, canceling classes, PT appointments, or skipping workouts. The only thing that made me feel better was when I moved around in the pool. The healing properties of chlorine, y’all.
Coming back after illness, an injury or any extended period of time away from your fitness routine can be daunting. But it all comes down to two things; meeting yourself where you are right now, and not dwelling on where you were “before”.
So if you are in the “comeback camp” like I am here are a few quick tips:
- Make a plan so you know what you’ll do, when you’ll do it, how you’ll do it, etc.
- Recruit that support team for accountability and to give you that pep talk when you need it.
- Own that you are in control of your choices. Even if you’re not in charge of your schedule, you get to make the decision to get up early or go to the gym after work. You get to decide to have the side salad or the fries (tip: choose both so you can have the fries and get your greens in).
Finally, don’t fall into the stinkin’ thinkin’ of “I can’t believe I (gained 30 pounds in the pandemic, used to be able to run up this hill, could do a pushup, etc., etc., etc)”. Those thoughts are not at all helpful.
Now go run!