So today I woke up and I do not feel good. I have an extremely bad headache that pain killers do not seem to be healing. I am freezing cold while sitting in tracksuit bottoms, a huge hoodie and I have the radiator on full blast. To workout or not to workout? This is a question I often asked myself when I became sick. During the first day or two of being sick, I would generally grant myself the day off but after that, if I was still feeling under the weather, this question would cross my mind.
What I’ve found out is that it is never a good idea to workout while you’re sick! Why you might ask? Because when you workout, you put your body under stress. While you’re sick, you’re body is already under enough stress trying to get you back healthy so adding additional stress onto yourself will actually end up doing more harm than good as your body will not handle the extra stress well.
So what to do while sick?
Well one common rule of a healthy lifestyle is to drink more water. Not just any liquid. Water. While you’re sick, it’s even more important to stay hydrated and water is by far the best and most hydrating drink you can drink. Your body is going to need the additional hydration while working on getting you better.
If you can eat, eat! And don’t just abandon your healthy eating just because you’re sick because that’s exactly how you get into creating these bad habits. There are plenty of great, healthy recipes online for healthy pizzas, chips and all sorts that you can enjoy a healthier version of your favourite comfort foods to enjoy while you’re not well. You can find quick and easy versions so you can get back to resting yourself.
Depending on just how sick you are and the weather outside, if you are able enough and it’s not absolutely pouring down rain, take a 5 minute walk outside. If you’re a few days into being unwell, you may be going stir crazy. I know for myself, my head can get stuffy when I stay inside for a few consecutive days and getting out, even for only a few minutes, can actually do wonders. By all means, once you get back, sit right back down, stay hydrated, and stay warm. You don’t want to only make yourself sicker by being careless in the way you use this tip. If you aren’t really up for a walk, don’t go. If it’s raining, you’ll catch a cold. You’re already sick and your body’s guard is down as it focuses on the sickness you already have. If it’s freezing cold and you still want to go on that walk, wear a heavy coat, a hat, scarf and gloves and really wrap up warm and do not stay out long.
Finally, just listen to your body. You know your body better than anyone else. Listen to what it’s telling you and go with that. If after a few days, your body feels like it can handle a workout, by all means go ahead. Everyone is different so your body will tell you when it’s ready to workout again.
I hope you find this helpful. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week 🙂