A word from Amy Neilson, local fitness and nutrition coach


Virus hit me like a tonne of bricks

After two years of anxiety, lockdowns, border closures, business closures and mask wearing we’re finally at the coal face.

I’m sitting here, writing this, after an interesting week.

Last week I thought I was more tired and achy than usual. The combination of too much work, pushing hard at the gym and sleeping in a rooftop tent clearly hadn’t worked for me.

It wasn’t until I was halfway through a gym class it hit me.

This wasn’t right. I felt like a grandad with emphysema.

For someone who rarely gets ill it was a shock. Although I still wanted to work was giving me a hard no.

Off I went to get some RATs.

It was a strong positive, 20 seconds into the 15 minutes you are supposed to wait.

So, what is it like?

No walk in the park.

I consider myself relatively healthy but it still took me down like a tonne of bricks.

So, here is an insight into my experience, what might be to come and some tools for handling it.

Symptoms and how to tell if you’ve got it – Extreme fatigue and tiredness, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough and runny nose, shortness of breath.

What to do – Look after yourself. Your body is fighting a battle, try not to give it other things to worry about, but if you feel up to it make sure you keep moving, walking and getting fresh air. Dose up on what your body needs food and plenty of hot drinks. Sleep as much as possible; this is when our bodies repair and recover the most.

Additional considerations – Be ready for some people to literally look at you as if you have leprosy

It’s new to all of us and some people just don’t know how to handle it.

Be open and honest about not being able to meet life and work commitments. You’ll be surprised at how understanding most people are.

Don’t try to do too much too quickly – this is how long Covid supposedly develops.

As someone who considers themselves pretty tough, here on day 14 of mild symptoms, my advice is not to rush back – admittedly, I think I have Delta which is a lot worse than Omicron so take it as it comes. Equally, clients and friends have reported still feeling fatigued, with shortness of breath well beyond the seven days.

So, if you get it, get ready for some forced self-care.

Your body will thank you for it in the long run.

  • What’s your experience? Let me know with a message to @amysfitnessandnutrition on Facebook or Instagram or drop me a line to 027 265 0350.