Working Out While Sick

Working out while sick is not fun.  I can cheat on a meal.  But I cannot cheat quality sleep.  I can tell myself the lie that I can function on limited sleep, but my body always sees right through my false perceptions.

I am very healthy.  I rarely get sick.  I contribute this to a positive and healthy mind, body and spirit, daily exercise and great nutrition.  Where your focus goes, your energy flows.  But about once a year, I get this gentle reminder that working out harder and pushing myself on limited sleep isn’t always best.

I think I can adapt to four to five hours of sleep.  I think my body will adjust.  But the truth is, day by day, I am just breaking down my body’s immune system, sabotaging the much needed recovery my muscles need and most of all, dishonoring myself by not allowing myself to just simply…rest.

You know that little voice inside of you?  It’s the voice of intuition that foresees what is going to happen if you don’t rest.  Listen to it.  I didn’t.

So now, I’m paying my yearly dues of sickness.  Cough, cold, achy body and the dreaded, laryngitis.  I heard the my scratchy, raspy inner voice say, “Rest Rhonda!”, but I ignored it and in the most predictable fashion, here I am…sick.

Push Through or Rest

So how does someone who loves to workout, rest?  Or can I still push through my workouts and hope that by sweating it out, I’ll feel better?  In general terms, it’s best to rest or follow the rule of thumb that says, if you’re ailing from the head up (cold, cough), you can still get in a light workout, but any kind of stomach or chest congestion, kick those running shoes to the curb and put on some slippers because your body needs rest.  Above all else, listen to your body.  If you are trying to push through a workout and you’re barely able to get through it, stop.  One day or even three days won’t hurt you.  It’s what you need.

So that’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to rest.  I’m going to eat healthy.  I’m going to drink my Shakeology and I’m going to try my hardest to relax.  I’ll be as good as new next week!

Exercising while sick.

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