With the first week of spring upon us, it was only a matter of time before the traditional flu symptoms begun setting in. This year however it hit me harder than ever, unfortunately for me, like most of my friends, I do not really appreciate my health until I am without it. It is only when I am unhealthy that I begin taking in the right amount of liquids and also taking multi vitamins, when it is already too late.
The flu I had this year was the worst I have ever had it though, i spent days and nights in bed sweating and shivering at the same time, sleeping in gym shorts and a gym vest just to try minimise the amount of warmth i would retain however i was wearing clothing instead of going without just so that the sweat would wick to the clothing instead of to the bedding.
I struggled to eat and function, everything seemed like such a task, even little things i would normally never even think twice about like going to the toilet or opening the window, every part of me was hurting and their wasn’t anything i could do about it.
Luckily for myself, I have a very loving girlfriend who took up the slack with everything else going on, from looking after our baby through to ensuring i have food and drink (not like i could eat to be fair). Infant - at one point i went almost 24hours without food, i simply was not hungry, the only thing i felt was thirsty and even then after a pint of cordial my stomach uneasily full.
Due to the progressive illness, I only managed to go to the gym twice this week, i was only going through the motions though, i did not feel pumped or like i was making progress, i felt just like i was going out of necessity. When a week earlier, I deadlifted 5 plates a side which is a total of 220kg with the help of my big red apparel signature series lifting straps which you can get here; https://bigredapparel.co.uk/accessories/straps-and-support/lifting-straps Yet this week I was struggling to even lift myself out of bed haha.
Even though as bodybuilders,weightlifters, crossfitters or whatever else we may categorise ourselves as, we feel that because of our healthy lifestyle and diets that we should be healthier and in better health than that of ‘normal’ people, this is actually untrue. As our bodies are using up resources to try and repair and rebuild muscle this can often open our immune system up to attacks.
When I get like this, even though physically on the scales I may weigh the same and in the mirror i may look the same, due to the lack of food I have consumed and as my training schedule has been messed up I feel mentally a lot smaller and instead of wearing muscle fit t-shirts and gym vests like I normally would, I find myself wearing bodybuilding rag tops and gym hoodies to try and hide myself from the rest of the world.
The great thing about muscle memory I know is even after a few weeks of not eating right and not training right, as soon as I get back into it, I know it will all come back very quickly. Having trained for over 6 years now I understand that this is a marathon and not a sprint but as you reading this will also probably feel, any little changes be them positive or negative make a very large difference physiologically.
Because of this mentality, even when I find myself not been able to go to the gym due to ill health, i find myself often trying to do bodyyweight exercises throughout the day just to try and stimulate my muscle so that it does not diminish as fast.
With the bodyyweight exercises I also like to use the competition kettlebells available here; https://bigredapparel.co.uk/accessories/professional-kettlebell They enable me to train every bodypart to a certain degree all with a single weight, sure I am not going to be looking like an IFBB pro anytime soon this way, but at least I can feel good about myself for doing this bit of exercise.