You know, I really, really love to cook and bake. In fact, spending time in the kitchen is my one of my favorite ways to pass the time. I love taking a recipe and tweaking it to my liking or just creating my own and hoping for the best. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s life.
What I don’t love, however, is my old iPhone camera. When I look at my recipe pictures compared to other food bloggers pictures…well, there is just no comparison. Mine always fall short.
It has kind of put a damper on my desire to create new recipes when the pictures always turn out so poorly, you know? I know that I could work harder to edit my pictures and create beautiful collages, but honestly, that does not seem to be important to me. I mean, if it were, then I would spend the time doing it. So, for now, I am going to take a little break from recipe posting. I’m sure I will get back into the game eventually, but for now, prepare yourself for general ramblings, workout recaps, lots of Matilda pictures, and a look into our day-to-day life.
Which leads me right into my post for today (I know, finally Heather!).
Should you workout when you’re sick?
As I mentioned yesterday, John, Matilda, and I have been battling a cold for the past week. It’s nothing serious, but it has been affecting our energy levels (and Matilda’s nap schedule!!). I am the type of person who always feels better after getting some exercise. Like, if I don’t get some kind of a workout in everyday, I turn into Miss Cranky-pants. It makes me all restless and irritable. John has even suggested that maybe I would feel better if I went to the gym. I love that he knows me so well 😉
Anyway, I just CANNOT seem to shake this cold (or whatever it is). I have to clear my throat and blow my nose like 20 times a day. It is starting to be a little ridiculous…
Yesterday, I again just assumed that once I got up and moving that I would feel better and have more energy. So, I went to BODYPUMP. I was still feeling pretty good after, so I decided that I would stretch my legs out a bit in Spin afterwards.
I could put almost zero resistance on my bike. The jumps were exhausting, and a few times I genuinely felt light-headed. After 30 minutes of this ridiculousness, I decided to pack it up and just go home.
Man, am I glad I did. All afternoon I felt exhausted. Like, I wanted nothing more than to sleep or at least lie down.
Not that it happened. I do have a toddler after all. She thinks that whenever I lie down, it is the perfect opportunity to jump on my face, chest, or stomach. It really puts a damper on the whole idea of “rest”…
So, maybe I didn’t get the rest I wanted, but I was able to sit down, take it easy, and read to her for a while.
How do you know if you need to cut a workout short?
Should you workout when you’re sick?
According to the Mayoclinic.org:
“Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a garden-variety cold and no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion.”
As a general guide for exercise and illness, consider this:
- Exercise is usually OK if your symptoms are all “above the neck.” These signs and symptoms include those you may have with a common cold, such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or minor sore throat.Consider reducing the intensity and length of your workout. Instead of going for a run, take a walk, for example.
- Don’t exercise if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck,” such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach.
- Don’t exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches.
Reducing the intensity and length of your workout is especially important. I should have listened to my body instead of being stubborn and thinking I was Wonder Woman.
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What about you?
What do you think about working out while you are sick?
Are you stubborn?
Have you ever had delusions that you are Wonder Woman?