It was as if I was given a death sentence – not only was I advised to stay home, lay in bed, drink plenty of fluids and refrain from going to work – I was also advised to “take a break from running.”
A break from running? But, I was doing so well! My 5k and intervals times were improving, I was feeling more confident, faster, and overall “fitter.”
“Sometimes we just have to listen to our bodies and take some time to rest and repair.”
Unfortunately we live in a world where every now and things do not always go how we planned. I was hit, and I was hit hard – a cold and throat virus: fever, chills, aches, sore throat, swollen glands, coughing, phlegm, need I go on.
But, me, sick? No, not me. I don’t get sick. I eat so healthy and take care of myself so well, that is impossible. I think not!
Sickness happens, especially this time of the year. My advice, “take a break from running, weight training, cycling, swimming, the whole nine yards.” Our bodies need time to heal and recover. If we use our energies to exercise we are pulling our energy away from healing our bodies from our illness.
A difficult concept to comprehend, I know.
When I first began feeling “under the weather” I pushed myself to go out for an interval run – just four miles I thought.
I arrived to work feeling tired, lethargic, sore throat – it had begun.
The next day I taught my regular Pilates class – and refrained from all other activities. At this point I was starting to feel achy, it was difficult to talk, and I was coughing. Before leaving the gym I wanted to strength train; not so fast, the fever set in.
Lesson Learned: When the first sign of sickness appears, listen to your body. Of course, this fully depends on the type of sickness. In my case, it was an infection severely depleting my body of energy, therefore exercising was not the best decision.
“A neck check is a way to determine your level of activity during a respiratory illness,” adds Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, then it’s OK to exercise,” he says. “If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, and fatigue, then it’s time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside.”
Web MD; Exercising When Sick: A Good Move?
Moral of the story: If you must “take a break from running” and/or other forms of exercise, don’t be so hard on yourself.
Forgive yourself and remember that next week is: a new week, it is also THE NEW YEAR!
Therefore, don’t worry. The break may actually serve as very beneficial during such a busy and chaotic time of year.
Enjoy your break with ease, allow your body to heal, and feel better!
In the mean time, if you are feeling especially anxious to exercise, try walking OR Sick Day Yoga 🙂 Looks like fun!
See ya running. You will be missed. We will reunite on Monday, or Sunday, or Tuesday ….
❤ Sending you love, joy and blessings,