I am looking for a little advice here. How do people handle working out while sick? Do you do it? Do you skip it? Do you scale back? I ordinarily would skip it all-together, but it’s week 1 Best Body Bootcamp, and I really wanted to start out on the right path. I am trying to turn over a new leaf and not make excuses to not work out. But I do get it, you have to rest your body when you are sick.
I woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat, congestion, and feeling weak. Throughout the course of the day, I just progressively got worse weakness-wise. It felt almost flu-like. Luckily at work, I didn’t have to move around a whole lot, but as soon as I got home, I collapsed on the couch. Working out was just not going to happen last night, and I didn’t think I would be making it to work today. I probably sound dramatic… but I haven’t been actually sick in a long time so I am a bit frustrated, to say the least.
I didn’t go to work today, and I am glad I didn’t. I still feel congested and my throat still hurts, but the feeling of weakness isn’t nearly as bad today. Slightly achy, but not sure if it is residual workout achy-ness or illness related. I slept for almost 11 hours last night, and took two one-hour naps today.
After nap number 2, I decided to TRY and go for an easy walk. Emphasis on the word easy… I took a 30 minute stroll around my neighborhood, and went at a pretty easy pace. That really took it out of me. I am glad I got out and got some fresh air, and was even sweating a bit (the humidity is rolling in!) But now I am pooped. I hope I made the right choice and don’t feel worse tomorrow. It seems like working out at an easy pace while would be better for you in the long run. I will see how I feel tomorrow and hopefully have the energy to do an easy walk again after work… running is totally out of the question since I can’t really breathe!
Thoughts? Comments? How do you handle working out while sick?