Exercising When Sick
Hi everyone!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the man candy I provided your eyes with yesterday :). Not gonna lie, I looked at my own post several times yesterday to view the lovely images hehe.
Zoey has been so stinkin’ cute. She loves to sit with me when I’m working on my computer-
Of course she would pick the spots to sleep where she blends in.
In the mornings if Zoey wants me to give her some loving, she pats my face with her paw until I respond. Even though it is kind of annoying because I want to be sleeping, it’s still really adorable and I can’t get upset with her cute little face :).
She also has a new favorite spot to relax- the hutch in our dining room.
I’m totally in kitten love.
Anyhoo….I definitely have realized that my body needed several days off from exercising. Even though after one day of rest I was itching to MOVE at a higher intensity, I’m glad I didn’t. Especially since I now seem to have been graced with a cold :(.
On Thursday I woke up with a really sore throat. Yesterday the sore throat continued, I felt exhausted, and I started becoming very congested. Today, the sore throat is leaving but I’m still congested and I’m not as tired because I got a lot of sleep.
I had said that I was going to workout again on Saturday- which is today (in case you weren’t sure ;)), and I still think I’m going to. I need to do some form of activity…I can’t sit around all day again. I just definitely will not be going full intensity.
I usually listen to the “rule” that if your symptoms are above the neck then it’s okay to do a light workout. If my symptoms are below the neck you better believe that I am laying in bed or plopping my butt on the couch.
These are the things I usually use as guidelines to determine whether or not I should exercise when I’m sick with a cold:
- If I have chest congestion and am likely to cough up a lung during a workout, then I’m not going to do it.
- If I’m feeling aches and pains, I’m staying away from the gym.
- If I’m at all nauseous I won’t be forcing myself to workout…I don’t need to exacerbate that symptom, no thank you.
- If I have a fever, even a really slight one, I am not going to exercise. It would be stupid to raise my body temp even more.
I don’t have any of the above symptoms, so I am going to go to the gym today. That being said, I don’t want to overdo it and cause myself to feel any worse. A really hard or intense workout would probably stress my body out too much. Usually, a lower intensity and shorter workout than normal will actually help me feel a little better. Doing this can help clear up my congestion for a little while and actually relieve some of the sluggishness that I feel.
As I said earlier this week, it’s really important to listen to your body. If it’s screaming at me for trying to workout, I’m not going to punish it and keep going. It’s not worth it!
Hope you guys have a good Saturday!!
Do you exercise when you’re sick with a cold?
What are your guidelines to determine if you should workout or not?