What The Flu Does To You

What The Flu Does To You

Apart from the obvious ‘constantly complaining about it’ …what does the flu do to you?


Well, I’m not a doctor and I don’t even know what virus I had recently, only that it was a persistent bugger and I’m still somewhat congested from it. Whatever it was, I hated it.


What I didn’t really realise was that the physical exhaustion I was feeling a) still exists but b) really impacted on me longer term.


What The Flu Does To You


I walked up a small hill in my lunch break at work yesterday. It’s a hill I love to hate. In summer, I can barely make it up it. When it’s cooler (or even just cloudy) I walk up it and barely notice it.


What The Flu Does To You


Yesterday, I struggled badly to make it back up the hill. I figured I had lost some kind of fitness since I last walked it a few months ago. I made it all the way up with a brief pause.


But I couldn’t recover. I was pretty much shaking and wobbly and struggling to breathe for a long time. A long time was only a few minutes, but I don’t think I have ever felt as unfit as that in my life. It’s a long time when you don’t know how unfit you got while being sick.


For the rest of the day my legs ached and if they were just a few cms from the ground/not all weight on them – like when you sit down and get comfy in your chair… well they shook. My muscles were tired and protesting.


As I write this later on Thursday evening, I’m still feeling it a bit tired. I went into Ben’s study to give him a hug after reading Gayel’s news and as I bent down my legs were still shaking.


From walking up a hill that I’ve walked up plenty of times before. Now, I suck at exercise. I wasn’t the fittest person before this. But I could walk up hills and stairs!


I guess I didn’t know exactly how sick I was..?


Have you ever had sickness impact on your physical fitness?



3 Replies to “What The Flu Does To You”

  1. Yes – heaps of times I’ve lost physical fitness after having a bad virus – including now! I’m tired, lethargic and weak! Sometimes we can feel better – eg head cold gone, temp gone – but a general weakness follows and it takes some time to get our strength back. Eating good nutritious food and gentle walks help I think! Hope you’re feeling better soon! 🙂

  2. Oh no! Yes, the ones that really stop you are the one that literally can stop you moving. I seem to push and push myself until a flu like this wins. Look after yourself.

  3. You’re really making me wish I hadn’t chickened out of my flu shot. It can be extremely debilitating. Give yourself plenty of time to recover and get stuck into the vitamins and rest x

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