So here we are again, at the end of another fortnight. These weeks have been a bit of a struggle on several fronts; a busier couple of weeks at work has meant that I’ve had to sacrifice some of the time that I would have spent in the gym. Adding to this was my wife’s birthday and family visiting which meant eating out more than usual and then topping it up with leftover birthday cake.
‘A body’s rebellion’
These weeks have also been difficult as it seems my body is rebelling against this new found exercise regime. Although I’m not over-exercising by any means, my body has been suffering all the symptoms of being pushed past it’s normal limits. Here are some of the issues that I’ve been dealing with;
- Hyperhidrosis – otherwise know has an inability to regulate body temperature and stop sweating. This week I’ve found myself still sweating heavily over a hour after exercising which always makes assembly and the first lesson of the day a little awkward. Not to mention some questionable looks from my colleagues as I try to pretend that sweat isn’t running down my forehead.
- Weakened immune system – a common sign of over exertion is a drop in the body’s immune system thus making you more prone to all the nasties that get passed around the germ factory (aka school) at this time of year. In my case, I’ve been battling a cold for the past week in addition to a barrage of mouth ulcers including for the first time one on my uvula (the dangly thing at the back of my throat).
Despite this I’ve managed to keep exercising 5 times a week, though I must admit I have been hitting the sweet aisle more often than I should to give me that extra sugar rush to make it through the day. Nonetheless I feel that when I get through this initial discomfort and as my body gets accustomed to the increased levels of physical activity it will mean that I can continue to push myself without suffering these negative side effects.
‘Reward at the end of the tunnel’
All this doom and gloom makes it sound like I’ve made no progress whatsoever of the course of the past two weeks and nothing could be further from the truth. Firstly I’m enjoying the workouts more and look forward to the next challenge. Secondly the Nike Training Club App is still proving useful at giving my workouts some structure yet providing enough of a variety to keep me interested. At the very start you may remember I completed the ‘Benchmark strength’ workout. I completed the same workout yesterday and managed to cut over 3 minutes off my time as well as having to resort to less modifiers.
All in all, although I don’t think I’m any thinner yet (my shirts are still a little too tight around the collar) I feel like the progress that I’m making is sustainable in the long term and I’m confident that going forward it’s only a matter of time before I start to see some more obvious physical changes.
Check out next week for the first month’s weigh-in and to find out about some exciting new diet changes that I’ll be implementing next month.