When you’ve settled into a routine + have a good balance between your social life, job, classes, + staying #inCHAARG, catching a nasty cold [or something worse] can throw everything into disarray. Of course, getting sick never happens when you’re not busy, but you don’t need to let that crush your motivation, + depending how you’re feeling, it may not need to throw you off-track at all!
If you’re facing this inevitable *to work out or not to work out* that comes when you’re sick, the best policy is to listen to your body. There will be times when you’re so out of it that even thinking about exercising makes everything hurt. ++ that’s when the answer comes much easier ; ).
For illnesses that are mostly *in your head* like a cold//allergies, use your best judgment. As long as you don’t have a fever, light exercise like going for a jog can help clear up your sinuses + make breathing easier — especially if you pair it with a nice, warm shower after. Don’t be afraid to take it easy — even if it’s only in your head, you may still find yourself getting tired much sooner than you normally would.
If you find yourself with a fever or feeling sick + achy in your whole body, it’s probably best to give yourself a break. Sickness often leads to dehydration, which can get worse if you’re overexerting yourself + exercising before your body is ready — this will only keep you feeling icky for longer. It’s easy to get stir crazy [we hate losing motivation + falling out of routine], but you need to be patient + invest in your health — even if that means a few rest days to recover.
As you bounce back — especially if your sickness completely took you out for a few days — don’t rush the recovery. Your body needs time to build its strength back up + even if you’re feeling almost back to normal, you might not be quite *there* yet. Give yourself another day or so, + when you do start up again, start slow — try a yoga class, walking, or a light jog to ease back into your old routine.
++ Remember, it’s important to be *proactive* + take care of your body so that you’re doing what you can to keep your immune system strong. Sickness will come along + there isn’t always a way to prevent it, but staying hydrated, getting the proper amount of sleep, + stocking up on Vitamin C will give you the tools to fight off whatever hits you so you’re back #inCHAARG in no time : ).
+ Ali [@ali.inchaarg], virtCHAARG girl from Philly