I had to cut my workout short today because I just wasn't feeling it. A few weeks ago I realized I wasn't mentally invested in my workouts anymore and my numbers were stalling. I figured I was just bored so completely changed the circuit but 2 weeks later my head still isn't in it and my numbers are going DOWN. I'm squatting less than I could before. On top of that, about 10 days ago my lymph glands (the ones on my neck under the jaw) were swollen and my throat hurt. They've gone down but I don't think completely and my throat still tingles, esp in the morning.
Should I take a break from exercise? How long? Should I see a doctor or will she say it's in my head? (I know mayoclinic thinks adrenal fatigue is a joke.) Would elderberry pills or aloe juice help? I want my drive to lift heavy and run fast back!!
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on March 18, 2013
at 04:13 PM
Fatigue, whatever is called, adrenal or something, is a real deal and should be addressed accordingly. I think you could start by having a break from exercise for a few days (maybe a week) and focus on eating well and relax. That should give you a some new fresh air and the desire to start training again, while allowing for recovery. Also, some checks with your doc wouldn't hurt, salivary cortisol test seems to be useful in this situations, if elevated may point to over training. Checking for anaemia wouldn't hurt also, women are pretty fragile to it and the symptoms it carries are similar to what you have been experiencing. Taking plenty of Vitamin C and E and some berries or antioxidant multi-vitamin like could help your body deal with the stress and help recover better. Also be sure to eat well just after your workouts as it refills your muscles and aids a lot in recovery.
on March 19, 2013
at 06:00 PM
Def. sounds like mono. I had this when I was working as a trainer at a club. Fatigued all the time and neck started swelling up. I would get it checked asap, it is a wretched thing if not care for properly.
on March 19, 2013
at 02:31 PM
If you have an ultra low salt diet, you may want to add in a premium salt like Himalayan Crystal Salt.