Covid has been an absolute pain. And there’s more to come – it appears Covid has massive long-term health effects! And these effects can’t be done away by using medication.
… We’re finished, aren’t we.
While I can’t alleviate the apocalypse, I can certainly recommend a few things that’ll keep you aware of whether you have post-recovery issues or not.
START! You’ve recovered from Covid, but feel tired as shit. Now what?
I assume you have a somewhat healthy diet, walk some distance daily, climb steps, do yoga, etc – that is, you’re overall in somewhat decent health, and not suffering any major post-covid health problems.
- Test your leg/back stamina. Walk 100m briskly – are you out of breath?
- If yes, HEAVILY out of breath by 40-50m, immediately stop. Get a lung check done ASAP as you may have significant damage, and have not 100% recovered.
- If yes, somewhat out of breath by 100m, there’s a chance that covid has resulted in some minor lung damage. It may not be medically treatable. Start daily deep-breathing and Pranayama exercises to get your lungs into good breathable shape.
- If no, you’re in great health! Continue the list and hope there’s no lasting impact from your ‘downtime’.
- Test your arm/shoulder joint/upper-body stamina. 50 x Wall-Push. Does it hurt anywhere?
- If yes, at 5-10 pushes:
- Is the pain in the joint? If so, you have a calcium deficiency. Ensure you take the recommended dose of calcium, under your doc’s supervision
- Is the pain the muscle? This could indicate a problem, as muscles normally don’t fatigue this quickly. Get a Oximeter / Pulse / BP check done at 3-4 times a day, for the next week and check if there are other symptoms.
- If yes, at 30-35 pushes:
- Yeah, your stamina is off. But it may not be a major/severe thing, so observe your health condition and check with a doctor if this doesn’t get better with time.
- If no, you’re in good health! Move on to the next test.
- If yes, at 5-10 pushes:
- Squats! Everyone loves squats. Let’s do 10 of these, then stay squatted for 1 minute (by the clock), and do another 10.
- If you’re out of breath in 4-5 squats, this could indicate a problem, as muscles normally don’t fatigue this quickly. Get a Oximeter / Pulse / BP check done at 3-4 times a day, for the next week and check if there are other symptoms.
- During the time you stayed squatted, any pain or burning sensation in thighs/calves/etc – doctor time! 10 squats is NOTHING, especially with a break after that – so any negative symptom indicates very poor health. In addition if you’re panting while squatted, you likely have a weak diaphram – something that will negatively impact your ability to fend off potential future health trouble. Get an executive health check done, and get back into shape!
- If after 20 squats you feel tenderness in the hip or hamstring, consider examining your exercise regimen, you may be too heavy on upper-body and not enough on lower-body exercises.
If after all of this you’re just fine, that’s great!! Keep up a regular exercise and diet regimen to ensure you stay in tip-top shape.