For the past thirteen days, I’ve been suffering from…..something. It started off as congestion, which then moved to my throat, though my throat wasn’t so much sore as it was swollen, and then came the best part – the sinus infection.
After completing six of my ten days of antibiotics, I have to say I’m feeling much, much better. For the first week of my ailment I tried to tough it out and continue to work out, but that really just seemed to bite me in the butt. After every workout I ended up feeling worse until I eventually relented and opted to 1 – get antibiotics because my sinuses woke me up at 4am and 2 – actually rest.
I’m generally pretty good at resting when I’m feeling under the weather, but I never fully felt sick, so I never felt reason to completely rest. It turns out, my body doesn’t mess around and when it tells me to rest, I really should.
I generally follow the rule that if it’s above the neck, I’m good to go (head cold) but if it’s in my chest (cough, chest cold, influenza) to rest. This latest sickness was the exception to the rule.
- Can help you to feel better. I was suffering from a pretty bad cold in the fall and after one barre class I felt way better.
- Can help you sleep better, and sleep is healing.
- Can prolong the illness (see above)
- Do we really need more than that?
Since I’m pretty much a princess when it comes to rest and being sick, I reached out to the interwebs and to ask what you do when you’re sick and here’s what you said.
Almost always. Unless I’m literally on my deathbed. I do modify workouts and change to easy workouts if I need to or use my Hr as a guide. Why? Because I’m stubborn probably.
Remember how I said I stopped wearing my M600. Well, then I started run coaching and found its just easier to wear it daily than to remember to have it charged and in my bag when I run. Anyway, this means I’m pretty in tune to my heart rate and right before my sinus infection hit, my HR was not messing around during barre, which is one of the reasons I much prefer running based upon heart rate than pace.
It depends. If it’s just a little cold, I usually power through it. More than that, I have to force myself to rest. Which is something I’m not good at!
Depends how sick. Like the worst 2 days of a cold I’ll usually rest but then I’ll get back to it
Sweat out the bad. Unless it’s vomit and/or diarrhea
Little cold – tough it out. Fever/puke/poop = no go.
If racing – be aware that even a small cold could alter your race (I learned that the hard way 😞)
Depends what kind of sick. Head colds are no big deal for me, but if I have the aches, tummy troubles, or anything in my chest, no way.
Yesterday at the tail end of my cold, yes. It made me feel great. If it was near the beginning when I felt like death, I would definitely skip.
If it’s just a casual cold, I’ll do light workout. It can help to sweat it out. If I have a fever or something all up in my chest, it’s usually best to rest.
Above the neck yes, below no go. I also listen to my body and if I need a rest day I take it.
No. I’m a baby when I’m sick and I prefer sleep. But for the love of god, if you are actively sick (ie sneezing your brains out or coughing up a lung), please stay home from group fitness classes.
Runners don’t always like to take full rest days because we’re stubborn. I’ll also argue that we’re pretty good at listening to our bodies and know when we need to take it easy and when we can modify and still workout.
I also feels like this goes without saying, but if you’re remotely contagious, please do not come to a group exercise class and cough/sneeze on people because that’s gross.Do you workout while sick? Stop by and see what other people had to say.Click To Tweet
How do you approach working out (running or otherwise) when sick?
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