HEALTHY TIPS TO RECOVER FROM COVID
Here’s how I’m getting my stride back
It looks like starting all over, but that’s perfectly fine. Staying fit is not an option for me, I really love the “me time” that I spend in the early hours of the day. This is something I do just for myself.
So first things first, I started real slow post-covid 19 and have gone back to the basics.
Initially, yoga was my thing. During and after Covid-19, there was a long haul when I wasn’t training at all. And what can be better than surya namaskar and pranayama? Why them? Well, that’s because pranayama will help me control my breath, and strengthen my lungs.
And if I think in case someone really wants to test their stamina, check how many surya namaskars you can do in a go. Initially, I huffed and puffed at the 4th or 5th sequence, but it has almost been a year now, and I’ve reached 30 surya namaskars. I think it’s not that bad.
Once I got my breath sorted, I graduated to basic cardio exercises and weight training. The mantra was less weight and more reps, so as to ensure there was no wear and tear, and at the same time, I wanted to gain endurance.
Pre and post-workout stretching has always been a must for me, but this time I added a few more minutes to get better results. This also helped me in increasing my flexibility, and muscle soreness has also disappeared.
When it came to cardio, I used to hop around – skipping, jumping jacks, lateral walk, and some high knees.
Next, I shifted to bodyweight training – squats, push-ups, walking planks, etc were the thing.
And when all of the above got sorted, I intensified things by adding weights to my routine.
And that’s how I got my stride back. Although I’m not fully there, it’s not a long way to go.
Food inclusions that are working for me
Apple, that too on an empty stomach
Well, it was something I have read, been advised, and prescribed by everyone. Basically, as per my doctor, eating an apple empty stomach helps in boosting iron levels in the body. And as I told you about the fatigue that kicked in during that time, well, that’s been solved by eating apples.
Almonds and raisins
Earlier, a shot of coffee was my pre-workout food, but post covid-19 .I have switched to 10 almonds and 10 raisins. Of course, post my apple sesh. These two are not just yum to eat, but they are a good source of energy as well. They keep me going, without making me go breathless when I want an intense workout.
Four eggs is what I started eating; two in the morning and two in the evening. At times, boiled and mostly scrambled because, to be honest, eating boiled eggs is a tab hard for me. This kept my protein intake intact. And yes, no yolk skipping please because that’s going to help when you feel lazy as a sloth.
Grilled fish was another addition that I made to my diet. Earlier it used to be an occasional delicacy, but I realized its importance, once I added it to my regime. I opted for basa (a kind of fish), and ate it twice or sometimes thrice a week as well.