This topic is hot on my mind as I’ve been sick for a week. I know it’s hard to accept, but sometimes the best thing to do is skip a sweat sesh and stay in bed.
I’ve written about this in the past but it seems like a good time to revisit it; not only because I’ve been sick, but because it’s that time of year! This cold/flu thingy is making its rounds.
While I’ve been sick I have gone to the gym a few times – the first for a run on the treadmill, once for a walk/run and the third for just a swift walk, all at incline – and I put a box of Kleenex in one of the cup holders for that last workout! Woody found this amusing, I can only imagine what the others in the gym thought.
We all have different tolerance levels, but here’s a good guide to go by.
Get moving when:
- You have mild symptoms like congestion, sniffy nose or a sore throat and can breathe without much trouble (Just be extra sure to wipe of any machines you use at the gym so you don’t spread germs!)
Pull the covers up when:
- You have a fever
- You’re coughing and your lungs hurt
- You have no appetite or are dehydrated
- Every muscle aches
- The thought of getting out of bed is exhausting – or, you’re just really tired
If you do lace up, be sure to listen to your body as it’s not a great idea to push beyond your limits when you’re sick. Save that for when your immune system isn’t already working overtime!
Also, think about altering your workout to turn down the intensity a little – maybe go for a walk or walk/run instead of a full out run; trade burpees for lunges and monster walks. You’ll still get your heart pumping and satisfaction out of breaking a sweat. Then do your best to refuel with nutrient dense foods and lots of water!
Tomorrow morning I'm hitting the gym. Here's hoping it goes well and I'll be back to my usual self soon!
Do you take time off when you’re sick? * What gets you to skip a workout?