Cold and flu season is upon us. We load up on our vitamins, get our flu shots, and carry around our hand sanitizer. Sadly, despite our efforts, we are all probably bound to get some type of sickness sooner or later. Unfortunately, nothing seems to set your fitness progress back like a week sick in bed.
One of the biggest concerns I often receive is whether or not it is safe to exercise while you are sick. Your best, and safest bet, is to take it easy. But for those of you who have worked so hard to stick to your workout routine, I understand how "taking it easy" can be easier said than done.
Generally speaking, moderate physical activity is usually safe for someone with mild symptoms that are all "above the neck," such as stuffy nose or sneezing. It is safest to not exercise when you have a fever, sore throat, or your symptoms are "below the neck," including congestion, cough, or aching muscles. If you do choose to exercise, try just going for a walk or doing an at-home yoga routine. Please, avoid the gym. Some things are just not nice to share.
I used to be a firm believer in "sweating it out." There was no way I was going to miss a day or two of training! But, in the end, I would have been better off just taking advantage of some much needed bed rest. Listen to your body. If you are miserable, stay home, have some chicken noodle soup, and concentrate on getting better. The quicker you are back to normal, the quicker you can get back to making progress and reaching your goals!
When you do recover, do not try to make up for your time off with high intensity or long duration training. Pushing yourself too hard too soon is dangerous and counterproductive. Your best bet is to ease your way back in. Cut back on the intensity and duration until you are feeling 100% again. Before you know it, you will be right back to where you left off!
"Thigh Master Burnout"
Our latest burnout was influenced by the popular fitness product brought to us by Suzanne Somers in 1989, the Thigh Master. Our version, however, is less expensive and works and tones the entire thigh and bottom region. Add it to the end of your workout and get ready to feel the burn!