Do you work out when you are not feeling well? I have asked this question to myself and others on multiple occasions. Do I bust out a quick workout while trying to get over a < insert current ailment > or do I rest and heal?
As we hit the cold and flu season, many of us will be faced with this same question: Should I make my scheduled workout or do I miss it and rest? We know that working out and living a healthy lifestyle does wonders for our body. However, there are times when what our body really needs is rest.
As always, you should always listen to your body. Across the web and from the advice from my fitness friend’s the advice seems to be unanimous. If it is a head cold, you can continue working out. If it the infection is in your chest, you should rest.
Sometimes we get sick from pushing ourselves to hard in our workouts. Or we are too busy taking care of others that we fail to take care of ourselves (<—guilty of this last one). The important thing is is that we take time for rest to heal. Both physically for healing as well as for muscle repair. Rest is a good thing.
I have been down and out with a pretty wicked head/chest cold this past week. I will admit, I did not do may intense workouts. My fitness involved walking to my son’s school to pick him up, walking up and down the stairs as I did laundry, or playing the occasional round of chase the littles in my back yard. There was no intentional, sweaty, workout clothes needed activity.
Until Saturday. I was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and decided to bite the bullet and attempt a quick and dirty little crossfit WOD. Karen. I got the inspiration from Bob Harper’s video segment on Bob Harper Live. I figured the workout would be simple and relatively short. If I became winded or completely gassed, I could rest.
Who. Was. I. Kidding. !? CrossFit workouts are no joke. Even the somewhat simple WOD are still killer. Who knew that Karen: 150 squats & wall ball throws (10 lb weighted ball) would be so difficult!? I had to pause many times because my heart rate was sky rocketing. I was winded and out of air (of course, the wicked head/chest cold didn’t help).
And today, 12 hours later, my quads, buns and traps are super sore (in a good way).
I loved that I was able to relatively hide in a corner of my gym, turn up my Pandora radio station… plug in my yurbuds and bust out this quick but effective WOD.
I am still battling this wicked head/chest cold. Feeling better with each passing hour. But learning the value of rest and healing.