Hope you’re good!
My question concerns the flu and when you should power through a workout – and when you should give it a rest?
Like a lot of people I get a fair few colds over the winter season, wake up feeling tired, get sore throats, ache a bit, etc – but I’m never certain whether I should carry on and work out – or take a day’s rest. I always feel guilty if I take a break from the gym – but I know I’ve definitely worked out at times when I really shouldn’t have and it’s cost me in the long run.
So what’s your take Alfonso? When should you stay in bed – and when do you need to get your butt to the gym!
Robert, this question came just at the right time as I am currently under the weather and am mentally struggling with not getting to the gym! So I say, “Hell No – Stay home!”
First and foremost, when you’re sick your body needs rest as it’s fighting an internal war and trying to evict some destructive invaders. That process requires energy, and you’ll be using some of it up if you try and exercise. Haven’t you ever noticed that when you get sick you feel lethargic and sluggish? That’s because your body is purposely slowing you down to conserve energy until the enemy has been destroyed – cool stuff huh?
Secondly Robert, I personally can’t stand when someone is in the gym coughing, sneezing and obviously ill. Have some consideration for other people and keep your germs to yourself. You’d be spreading them all over if you went to the gym; the mats, bars, dumbbells, in the locker room, basically everything you touch could get contaminated. This is one time where sharing is not caring.
I’ll admit I’ve been selfish and ignorant in the past. I’ve worked out while sick and while it helped me mentally, it undoubtedly prolonged my illness. The whole “sweat it out” ideology is silly. You don’t sweat out, heat out, or exercise out sickness. Let your body heal itself with rest, proper nutrition, and when medically needed, some medicine. I understand your guilty feelings, but it’s more about worrying that overnight, in a few days, or even a week, your body is going to go down the drain. That’s not going to happen. You may lose a touch of strength or stamina, but it’ll return almost immediately. Keep in mind that for the quickest and most surefire way to return to full activity, you must rest and listen to your body.
Instead of dwelling on the fact that you can’t workout take that time to do something constructive. Maybe read the latest issue of Men’s Fitness, find some new healthy recipes, or plan a new exercise regimen for when you feel better. Or maybe order some movies on Netflix that you haven’t seen. A lot of times, due to life and other factors exercise becomes a two steps forward, one step back process. Embrace the step back Robert!
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