In Sickness and in Health

This week a nasty cough and overwhelming fatigue has knocked me and my family for six! We are not accustomed to being sick, and it took some time to be overwhelmed, but overwhelmed we were – daytime naps, 13hrs a night in bed, and not a lot of food except oranges and pineapples! It certainly made me appreciate my health!

It was impossible to exercise, but with two dogs, i had little choice but to bundle up my daughter into a pram, and take a slow walk everyday with the dogs to ensure they didn’t tear the house up. Although tiring, there are a couple of benefits to this:

The right mix is hard to find, and if you’d asked me earlier this week, i probably would have said the walks were exhausting. I did have the luxury of maternity leave, in order to crash out during the day, which is not possible for everyone. However i do feel that my meandering walks have contributed to my relatively quick recovery.

Some tips for getting the mix right:

  • Be honest with yourself – see an excuse for what it is. Understand if it’s your head that is tired or your body.
  • Think physical – i call this a “mental scan”, where you check your head down to your toes and see how you feel physically.
  • Be kind to yourself – if you’re sick you’re sick, back off.

Good luck and happy training!

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