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1/17/18 1:32 A

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Lulubelle65, your situation sounds very encouraging to me right now, just the sort of words I needed to hear.

I’m so happy for you that your swimming is going well and that you have made a good recovery from your illness. The extra sleep sounds like me too - I’m now sleeping around 8 hours a night whereas before I had the flu I was only sleeping around 6 hours a night. And if I’m honest, thinking about it now, that wasn’t really enough.

Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your encouragement - it helps to motivate me to make my first trip to the gym, planned for this coming Saturday.....

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1/17/18 1:28 A

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Many thanks Coach Jen for your helpful and prompt reply.

What you say makes perfect sense - I shall certainly keep your advice in mind when I return to the gym hopefully this weekend.

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1/16/18 11:02 P

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I got sick with a respiratory infection on October 15 and finally began to feel like myself again around Christmas, so I know where you are coming from. I went from doing a couple of miles in the pool 4-5 days a week to being able to do maybe 200 meters, and most of that with a kickboard because I'd lost all of my lung capacity.

The good news is, it comes back pretty quickly. Yesterday I did 2K, and I felt great when I got out of the pool. I started swimming every other day, and pushing myself to swim just a little bit longer each day. After the first 4-5 times in the pool I started swimming on days back to back. One thing that I have noticed was that I have to sleep a lot more than previously in order to feel rested, but other than that it has been a pretty painless experience. I am aiming for 3K this weekend, and at that point I will consider myself back at my pre-illness level of fitness.

Good luck!

Lauren
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If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

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1/16/18 8:04 A

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Glad to hear you're feeling better. I'd recommend starting with something very simple like a 10-minute walk. See how your body feels, both during and after the workout. You might find that even very short workouts wipe you out right now, but the good news is, your body remembers and you'll be able to get back to your regular routine. It might take some time, so just be patient and give your body the rest that it needs. Eventually, you'll get there.

Coach Jen

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1/16/18 1:46 A

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......from the gym due to a horrendous bout of flu, I think I am just about at the stage where I can consider resuming my regular gym workouts.

I used to go 6 or 7 days a week, working out for an hour at a time both cardio and strength, so that should give you some idea of how active I am generally.

I had the flu for about 3 weeks, and now am no longer symptomatic - although I am still fatigued and my muscles are weak. I notice a distinct decline in both my cardio vascular condition and also my muscle strength.

I of course realise that I shall be more or less starting from scratch, and don’t for a minute think I shall be anywhere near my previous fitness levels before I was ill.

I was just looking for some advice regarding restarting my workouts, after (1) such a long absence, and (2) such a nasty flu bug.

In some ways I’m keen to start back, but at the same time I’m very anxious and nervous because I know I shan’t be able to perform at my previous level. I guess I’m just a bit scared of feeling so exhausted and having to finish my workout early.

Many thanks for any help.

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