Workout Tips for Cold and Flu Season

Workout Tips for Cold and Flu Season

There are a few special workout tips that you should be aware of if you come down with the cold or flu this winter.

It can be hard to change your workout habits once they’ve become routine, and dieters might obsess over missing a few days of exercise. However, according to HealthDay News, you might need to take a break from the gym if you come down with the cold or flu.

Your body needs plenty of rest to recover, and sweating a lot might not be the best thing to do when you already have fluids pouring from your nose and throat.  You could get really dehydrated, which could make you feel worse and slow down your recovery time.

To avoid making things worse, here are some workout tips to follow if you get sick:

Slow down if your symptoms stay above the neck

If you have a cold that only causes above-the-neck symptoms like sneezing and congestion, you should be okay to exercise. However, it’s probably a good idea to cut back on the intensity. Instead of running, go for a walk. And instead of lifting weights, try doing a few yoga poses. Your body needs to expend its energy on fighting your sickness, so don’t stress it out with strenuous exercise. This could increase your recovery time by suppressing your immune system.

Don’t go to the gym

While you’re sick, be mindful of other people. The gym is germy enough as it is without your snot dripping on the weight bench. Avoid spreading the virus that you’re suffering from by doing gentle exercises at home instead of going ot the gym.

Rest if you’re really sick

If your symptoms include fever, body aches, and chest congestion, you shouldn’t exercise at all. Stay in bed and feed your fitness obsession by researching new workouts to try when you get better.

Focus on your health in a healthier way

While you’re sick, focus on what you’re putting into your body, not what you’re doing with it. Give your body a shot of immune-boosting selenium by having a tuna sandwich with your chicken soup; add a little cayenne pepper to your veggie juice to relieve congestion; and enjoy a bowl of yogurt topped with berries for breakfast.  The berries contain vitamin C, and the probiotics in the yogurt might help strengthen your immune system.

You really shouldn’t have to worry about a sickness derailing your weight loss plans as long as you focus on eating healthy foods while you’re sick. And if your lack of smell and taste leaves you with less of an appetite, you definitely shouldn’t be concerned about counting calories.

So don’t be a tough guy and push through when you have the flu.  You could end up confined to a hospital bed, and you’ll be way too weak to squeeze in a few crunches.

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