Germs, Germs, Go Away…

Ugh…back to school germs…
When you have 3 kids, they can’t be avoided (actually, I don’t think they’re avoidable even with one kid!)

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We do our best to stay healthy around here but, nothing is full proof.
3 weeks into the new school year and 2 kids have already been hit with a head cold and a lingering cough.
I felt that dreaded raw itch in the back of my throat this morning. Being sick, even with a mild cold, just makes everything in an already busy schedule, even harder. My sinuses feel like concrete, my head aches and my energy levels are sapped. Should I still try to workout? A workout almost always makes me feel better both physically and mentally. But will a workout in my current state just make it worse? It depends…

With cold and flu season on approach here are a few tips for managing illnesses and not letting them completely derail your fitness efforts.

  1. First and foremost, it’s ok to rest!!! I cant stress this enough. Being motivated to push through discomfort is usually a good thing. It’s what helps you reach your fitness goals in the first place, but a couple days of rest when you’re feeling under the weather is not going to undo all your hard work. I often ask myself what I would have my kids do if they were suffering the same symptoms. That being said…
  2. A common guideline is if symptoms are from the neck up, workout cautiously. If symptoms are from the neck down, rest. If you are suffering from a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and sore throat but no fever, you can modify but still go ahead with your workout if you feel ok enough to do it. If you’re running a fever, have chest congestion or a cough, definitely rest.
  3. No matter what you choose to do in terms of a workout, maintain healthy nutrition as best you can. I know when you don’t feel well, you often don’t feel like eating but your body needs the healthy nutrients to heal. A healthy vegetable soup or cup of green tea can feel good on a sore throat and help relieve sinus pressure.
  4. This should go without saying but just in case…if you’re feeling ill and still want to workout, try to do it at home to avoid spreading germs to others in the gym. How would you like it if you were trying to get in a killer workout and the person next to you was sneezing all over the equipment? You should modify your workout anyway and doing something at home will be healthier for everyone!

Happy Exercising! (or resting, if that’s what you need!)

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