Esme is our Principal Exercise Physiologist & Director here at Pear, and is passionate about working with women, helping improve the care that women receive through pregnancy, early postpartum, in rehabilitation, after cancer and in chronic pain management.
After all the worry and times of extreme caution over the last 2 years, I tested positive to the dreaded COVID-19 in early January.
Mostly I was just frustrated at being quarantined / stuck at home for a week - I really only had a couple of days of symptoms with a sore throat, some headaches and fever. At this stage the recommendations for return to exercise and activity during COVID infection were really not clear - and I was going stir crazy, so I completed a couple apartment block walks inside our courtyard and some youtube pilates in my bedroom!
What happened after my quarantine week, was that my fatigue got A-LOT worse. I had worked with plenty of clients who had fatigue (post cancer fatigue, or post-exertional malaise) - but never experienced true fatigue myself. My limbs felt extra heavy, my brain extra foggy, and I just felt like I was moving through a swamp. Most of my down time was spent horizontal. I even had to have a nap after a shower. I had such a tough time mentally, I wasn’t even able to work a full shift at Pear, which is very unlike me as I am an energiser bunny mostly.
My mind went to - oh no, have I got long COVID? Did I do the wrong thing to exercise during my infectious period? Will I be able to still work as an exercise physiologist & run a business? PANIC!
Main barriers to exercise
So I was dealing with some significant fatigue, headaches, brain fog and bruised ego. My knowledge of working with fatigue told me I needed to better pace my return to activity (including all of my activities of daily living - things like showering/cooking/groceries), work (which can be very physical with spotting weights, demonstrating classes and exercises - to sedentary work on my laptop) and then exercise (running, swimming, bike riding, pilates and weight training).
Luckily I touched base the Pear EP team, who helped to get my ego in check, and helped pace my return not just to work, but back to exercise as well!
The new evidence based guidelines to provide safe return to exercise after COVID are about to be released from Exercise & Sports Science Australia and allow an informed approach to rehabilitation of long-covid symptoms.
I've just got back to pre-covid levels of training, (chuck a month off on holiday in there which also helped to slow me down a little!) but now I feel I am able to comfortably recover within a 12 hour period - rather then booming & busting in energy all over the place - and complete all the work tasks I have in the week! I have now been able to return to my usual level of training (1-2 x swim, 1-2 x runs and strength training with reformer pilates classes and some gym sessions!) and have been feeling good!
My energy spent on exercise is being returned to me with interest in the fatigue management analogy - rather than bankrupting me. Ready for the next step - to amp up from rehab to performance!
We are passionate about women's health
Pear is an industry leading women's health clinic offering exercise physiology, pelvic health physiotherapy, remedial massage and small group strength and reformer pilates classes located on Brisbane's Northside.
address: shop 6/52 Jeffcott Street, Wavell Heights, Queensland, 4012 (entry via Kinmond Ave carpark)
call: 0478 116 700
fax: 07 3036 6550
We are proud to support our local communities of Wavell Heights, Chermside, Clayfield, Ascot, Kedron, Nundah, Stafford, Gordon Park, Nudgee, Sandgate, Albion, Hendra, Wilston, Grange & Wooloowin.
We are a children & baby friendly studio, have easy onsite parking and private health rebates available on all services.
Monday 7am - 8pm
Tuesday 7am - 8pm
Wednesday 7am - 8pm
Thursday 7am - 8pm
Friday 7am - 2pm
Saturday 7am - 2pm