Hero Movement Covid-19 Update & 2021 Plans

As we shut the door on 2020 (and throw away the key), I just wanted to give a quick update with what’s been going on my end recently, and share a few things we have in the works over the next few months. 

As you might already know, I tested positive for COVID-19 mid-December after a flare-up of joint pain, fatigue, mental health stuff and a slight temperature.

It was a bit of a surprise, as I stay away from crowded places (pandemic aside) and only tend to leave the house to go for the occasional walk or run. 

But that’s neither here nor there (such a great/strange phrase).

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I spent 10 days in isolation – resting, eating, reading, and roaming around old-timey Britain in Assassin’s Creed. There were a few rough days but generally I had it pretty good.

I came out of isolation on Christmas eve, had a sleepless night (waiting for Santa), and began experiencing breathlessness on Christmas day. This triggered what I now recognise as a panic attack, which happened a few times throughout the day. The doctors gave me the okay in the evening, and the festivities resumed. 

I’ve since experienced occasional breathlessness and chest tightness, along with interrupted sleep patterns (it seems the bat-borne virus leaves you with their circadian rhythm), and general fatigue. Hence very little output here on the site, and in life in general. 

The good news is that over this past week I’ve started to feel significantly more human, and have even got back into regular training at home. 

Observations During My COVID Experience:

  • My lowest nighttime heart rate increased a fair bit during isolation (5-10 beats above my average). It’s started coming down this past week, but it’s still somewhat elevated.
  • My nighttime heart rate variability dropped significantly, from an average in the 140 ms, to 110-120ms, often dipping below 100. This HRV pattern may indicate that my body was still fighting things off or under stress even a month after the initial diagnosis. Again, it seems we’re now on an upward trend, but I need to be careful not to overdo it.
  • Symptoms can seemingly come out of nowhere, which is scary. I’d go from feeling fine to being doubled over with shortness of breath.  
  • My eyesight seemed to deteriorate for a few weeks, but that seems to have sorted itself out now (no trip to a castle required). 

Hero Movement: Things Coming in 2021

I had a quite a few things planned to be ready for January, but COVID happened and work had to go on the back burner. 

Now that I’m recovering, there’s a few things I have lined up for the next few months here on the site: 

  • We’ve just released a collection of follow along breathwork drills on the Hero App, as well as a freebie coming on the YouTube channel this week. Incidentally, I found that one of the drills was the only thing that would help me come out of the panic attack flare ups the past few weeks, so I’m excited to share those and I hope they’re of use to you guys.
  • We have a Hero at Home strength training program coming to the app soon too, which I hope will come in handy for your home training.
  • I’m working on some free rope flow, mobility and endurance content for the YouTube channel and blog, along with programs for all of the above.
  • I’m excited to be collaborating with a few new brands on some video and blog content coming up.

that’s pretty much it!

 I hope you’re well and having a great to start to the new year, wherever you are in the world. 

Catch you soon. 

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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a Movement Coach, Wellness Enthusiast, Online Content Creator, and Founder of HERO Movement. Through articles, videos, courses, and online coaching, his big goal is to help people discover freedom of movement and create lives filled with well-being & adventure.

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