It’s that time of year when a few people start to pick up colds, coughs, flu. It is always so frustrating when you are on track with your trianing but all of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu. What should you do? Should you skip the run or forsake that gym session for a late afternoon nap? Are you worried that it will be hard to get started again if you miss a day or two?
Well it depends what it is that you are suffering from – a cold is generally ok, anything above the neck including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, should not cause you to get any worse and it’s OK to exercise. But if your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, and fatigue, then it’s time to hang up the trainers until these symptoms subside. Going to the gym with a fever is a definite NO – exercising raises your body temperature internally and if you already have a fever that can make you even sicker.
You really need to know your limits, if you are feeling kind of bad; you may want to consider a walk instead of a gym sess. Take the intensity down or do a regenerative activity like yoga or Pilates because if you don’t feel great, it may not be the best day to do a load of burpees!
At the end of the day you know your body better than anyone else – this is just general advice and you need to listen to your body and do what feels right for you. If you need to take a few days off don’t stress. Giving yourself the chance to recover will mean you can get back to full health quicker and really enjoy those finishers 😉