So you’ve recently started your new exercise routine, you’re managing to make it to the gym 5 times a week, getting the results you want, feeling great and look fabulous, nothing is getting in your way!
Nothing that is, except this new pesky cold that seems to be developing.
Runny nose, cough, fever, and a sore throat – this couldn’t be a worse time to get sick!
If you’re thinking that you will come into the gym, ‘sweat it out’ and power through to make yourself feel better- you may want to think again.
When you’re ill the body’s defences are down, and exercising could put an extra strain on your body- doing more harm than good. Working out with a fever especially, could lead to an increase risk of raising your body temperature internally, which could make the flu worse.
I know this sounds like terrible news but do not despair, you will not lose all of the hard work you have been putting in lately, taking a few days off to recover will do your body a world of good.
If your cold is not too bad, (runny nose and sneezing) you may want to consider taking it easy, go for a walk instead of a run; try some yoga instead of a heavy weight lifting session. If you attempt to exercise at your normal intensity when you have more than a simple cold, you could risk more serious injury or illness.
We all know that there are numerous benefits to exercising, one of them being that it boosts your immune system, which would help prevent you from developing a cold in the first place. But if you are already suffering from the flu, starting to work out now is likely to do more harm than good. The best thing you can do for a quick recovery is to take a couple days off to rest so the body can build back its immune system.
I know it may be hard, but exchanging those running shoes for a nice hot cup of tea and a jar of Vicks vapour rub will get you back in the gym sooner rather that later powering through and getting you to where you want to be.
Straining your body when it is already under duress will only prolong your flu and could lead to a major set back to your fitness goal.
So become the face of fitness you want to see and take a well-deserved break to stop the sniffles.
•inspired by a sweet but very stubborn friend•
? hope you listen now ?
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.