Flu season is here. If you feel the sniffles coming, then it is important to know WHEN AND WHEN NOT to exercise. Getting sick is annoying, especially after putting so much time and effort into your training and diet. There are instances where exercising can actually help with mild symptoms, but there are also times where your body needs to recover as well. The key is to listen to your body. After all there is no one who knows it better than you.
It’s no secret that exercise enhances your overall fitness. If you are experiencing very mild symptoms such as a scratchy throat, runny nose or sneezing, you can still exercise but with care! It’s important to slow down the pace and intensity of your usual workout. If you experience fatigue, achy muscles, a fever, chesty cough or phlegm then it is time to give your body a chance to recover. Don’t push through if you are really feeling unwell.
Concerned about gaining weight while you’re recovering?
There are times when all your body needs is a timeout. This is when we focus on our diet. We aren’t burning those calories on the treadmill, now it’s time to be calorie savvy. Don’t indulge with hot chocolate and takeaways in the bed. You will regret the next time you get onto your scale. So when you focus on your nutrition make sure to get some foods high in vitamin C in your diet…
Here are my flu fighting top 10:
3. Citrus fruits such as grapefruits and oranges
4. Bell Peppers
8. Brussel sprouts
Please consult with a medical practitioner if you are uncertain about you symptoms. The rule of thumb is that if the symptoms are above the neck you can train. If the symptoms are below the neck then rest and DO NOT exercise. THIS IS JUST A GUIDELINE SO BE AWARE OF HOW YOU REALLY FEEL. Remember Vitamin C rich foods are proven to help your immune system so make sure you get them in if you are feeling bed bound. Never compromise your health when you are ill. A week or two off is a minor setback that you will catch up in no time. You will be fired up and ready to go!