Exercise and colds
On Tuesday last week I began my usual training but everything felt heavy. I thought i was probably dehydrated, but by the evening I was even more exhausted. I then woke on Wednesday to a nasty sore throat and a bunged up nose.
No big deal, just a cold.
I'm following a strict training plan and enjoying it, the thought of having to slow down or even rest wasn't an option I allowed myself to consider. So I pushed on regardless. But by Friday I was even worse. It was only then that I decided to rest up and recover.
So I learnt the hard way.
When you're feeling groggy continuing to workout is a mistake. It just makes things worse. In my case it's made my recovery longer and I still feel ropey now.
So what is the correct thing to do if you begin to feel lousy? Two words, REST and MOBILISE.
- Accept your sick
- Don't stress about it
- Drink lots of water
- Work on your mobility
- Ease back into it
- Dose up on good quality vitamins and veg
- Get some sleep
As a rule of thumb...
A) If your symptoms above are above the neck, such as a sore throat or bunged up nose, basically a light cold - then you can continue to train but lightly. If you're doing sprint work or high energy HIIT, go for a short jog instead. If your lifting heavy weights, go lighter and take bigger breaks between sets.
B) If your symptoms are below the neck, such as a chesty cough, sickness or diarrhoea, then stop. It's likely you've got an infection or virus and working out will make you much worse. Stop and rest.
But generally, a rest day or two is always the smarter option – not the lazy one.