‘I’m doing good’: Lewis Hamilton reveals he is ‘getting his mind and body right’ after losing almost a stone in weight during coronavirus battle
The Formula 1 ace, 36, tested positive for the virus less than 24-hours after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29th, but has made a full recovery despite losing close to a stone in weight.
He has since embarked on a gruelling fitness regime that involves altitude training, and admits his current stay at an undisclosed mountain location has had a positive impact on his mental and physical health.
Hello world: Lewis Hamilton gave fans a progress report on Monday as he works on his fitness after recovering from the physical effects of COVID-19
Taking to Instagram, he wrote: ‘Hey World, I haven’t been on here for a while. I’m in the mountains training everyday, getting my mind and body right. I’m hiking to the top of the mountain every morning. 3 of those hikes I cross country ski once I get to the top which is at 3400m, killer.
‘I love altitude training, there is less oxygen high up so working out is much harder than at sea level, just walking up the stairs you feel it at 2000m. Normally when I finish training here and return to sea level running is such a breeze.’
He added: ‘I’m trying to find the right balance in cardio and strength building. On top of that, lots of work ongoing in the background. Many moving parts but just checking in to let you know I’m doing good, I’m healthy and mentally strong right now in my bubble.
Getting better: Lewis has embarked on a fitness regime that involves altitude training, and his stay at an mountain location has had a positive impact on his mental and physical health
Step by step: Taking to Instagram, the sportsman filled followers in on his movements since the turn of the year
There he is: Hamilton accompanied his post with a short video in which he filmed himself ascending a snowy slope
‘I hope you are staying as positive as you can with all that is still going on. Keep your head up. I can’t wait to see you all again at some stage soon. Sending you love and light.’
Hamilton accompanied his post with a short video in which he filmed himself ascending a snowy slope while his exhausted team – much to the sportsman’s amusement – lagged far behind.
The Formula 1 champion previously revealed he lost almost a stone in weight and had ‘really low strength’ after contracting the virus towards the end of last year.
Knackered: Much to the sportsman’s amusement his exhausted team were seen lagging far behind
Taking to Instagram in December, he wrote: ‘I’ve lost 6kg over the past two months. Four of which I lost when I got Covid.
‘I’ve lost so much muscle. Starting from a low point in strength now, not fun but I’m determined to get my strength back and to be 100 per cent again. No pain, no gain.’
After testing positive, Hamilton spent 10 days in isolation at the beginning of December.
Worrying: Hamilton previously revealed he lost almost a STONE and ‘has low strength’ following his coronavirus battle
The sportsman admitted he had ‘one of the hardest weeks in some time’ after discovering he ha the virus, which put his participation in the final Formula 1 race of the season in jeopardy.
It was revealed on December 1st that Lewis had tested positive for COVID-19 with the star missing the Sakhir Grand Prix and facing an anxious wait to see if he could take part in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 13th.
He ultimately finished third at the event, saying he felt ‘destroyed’ and just ‘happy to be alive’ after his race return.