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“Felt weak, lost stamina”: Malaika shares Covid struggles, Flaunts abs after recovery

Malaika Arora opens up about the physical struggles she faced after testing Covid Positive. She also penned a note on her recovery and how she gained her strength again

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Back in September last year, Malaika Arora had tested positive for Coronavirus. She was a judge on the dance reality show, India's Best Dancer, and the shoot was halted a couple of days ago after some crew members tested positive.

In her latest Instagram post, Malaika shared pictures of her fit body as she opened up about the struggles she faced after testing positive. She flaunted her washboard abs as she wrote:

"What defines strength?

'You're so lucky', 'It must have been so easy' is something I hear regularly. Well yes, I am grateful for a lot of things in my life. But luck played a very small role in it. And easy?! Boy! That, it was not. I tested positive on September 5 and it was really bad. Anyone out there calling a COVID-19 recovery easy is either blessed with great immunity or isn't aware of the struggles of COVID-19. Having gone through it myself, 'Easy' is not the word I'd choose. It broke me physically. Walking two steps felt like a herculean task. Sitting up, just stepping out of bed, wanting to stand in my window was a journey in itself. I gained weight, I felt weak, lost my stamina, I was away from my family and more. I finally tested negative on the 26th of September and I was so grateful that I did. But the weakness stayed. I felt disappointed that my body wasn't supporting how my mind felt. I was afraid that I'd never gain back my strength. I wondered whether I'd even be able to complete one activity in 24 hours.”

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Furthermore, Malaika shared how she took the road to recovery and becoming fit again after battling Covid-19. She added:

“My first workout was brutal. I couldn't do anything well. I felt broken. But Day Two, I got back up and I told myself, I am my own maker. And then day 3 and 4 and 5 and so on.

It's been about 32 weeks since I tested negative and I finally have started to feel like myself again. I'm able to work out the way I used to before I tested positive. I'm able to breathe better and I feel strong both physically and mentally.

The four-letter word that pushed me through was HOPE. The hope that it's all going to be okay, even when it feels like it's not okay. Thank you to all of you who have been sending me messages, DMs and inspiring stuff which kept my spirits high. But I also pray that the world recovers as well and we all come out of this together. I come out of this phase with two words. GRIT & GRATITUDE.”

In April, Malaika Arora received the first dose of COVID vaccination at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and had expressed her gratitude to the frontline workers in a social media post.

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