I am Wonder Woman

Should you workout when you’re sick?

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.

Big mistake.

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?

Or, rather…

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.

sadly, I am not

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I am a thirty-something personal trainer, nutrition coach, wife, mother, and former English teacher on a life-long journey for balance. I love writing, reading, cooking, baking, fitness in all its forms, my wonderful husband, and my adorable daughter.

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  1. The fact that you do back-to-back classes when you’re feeling well is impressive to me! You can still be Wonder Woman in my eyes and take it easy when you’re feeling bad!
    Btw, I totally get the crappy i-phone picture dilemma. I find that editing my photos in VSCO cam helps a little, but I swear the camera itself is getting worse & worse. Still, I’m just not there yet when it comes to buying a really expensive camera. If it’s any help, I like your recipes because they are simple and I usually have everything on hand.
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    1. Thanks Kate! I really appreciate that!!
      I just can’t justify buying an expensive camera right now. It’s just not where my priorities are, you know? Thank you for saying that about my recipes. I love to cook/bake and I love sharing them with people. If we lived closer, I would bake you some cookies!

  2. I definitely think it’s all about knowing your body and what it can handle. I know that personally, I’m a hot mess when I’m sick. Laying around and drinking hot things and eating soup is what gets be back to healthy asap. I know that EVERY time I try to do more when I’m sick, it lasts 8 billion years. BUT some people (like my husband) feel better when they tough it out.
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    1. I am a terrible patient. I always want to do everything for myself, not stay in bed, and still take care of everything that need to be done. Why am I not getting better? (*sarcasm intended*). I clearly need to take it easier!

  3. haha i felt like this was directed at me 😉 i just had several oral surgeries and instead of ‘not running’ i chose to run VERY slow… but i did skip weights. i have noticed that i can’t really lift weights when i’m not feeling good, but easy runs and walking is usually ok. with that said, yesterday i felt a little tinge in my leg during my run so i’m being very cautious. if i don’t feel good tomorrow i’m swapping the run for eliptical.
    i might just do that anyway to be super safe 🙂 i’ve been doing more than necessary, and i know i’m stubborn and could use a lighter week.
    thanks for a great reminder!!!

    1. I’m glad you understand! I hate being under the weather or being told that I can’t do something. I am the worst patient ever.
      I am so sorry that you had to go through several oral surgeries! That must have been terrible! I wish I could make you some soup!
      I would totally do the “I’m not running, I am walking at a very brisk pace” too. Lifting weights when you feel bad is so hard. It just makes you feel weak in general, you know?
      I think you are being very smart in being cautious and just listening to your body. It is better to have a lighter workout for a few days than to be laid up for a LONG time.

  4. Good job listening your body, and cutting that spin class short. And, having little ones when you’re sick is so hard! I completely understand when you’re lying down, that’s when they want to jump all over you. Hang in there! I hope you get better ASAP. I always try to make being sick a little better by indulging in some extra reading and new tea. : )
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  5. I tend to have WW illusions. haha When I’m sick I listen to my body. If I’m debating whether or not to workout, I workout without concern. There have been times when I was sick and physically I could not could not workout. So I don’t.

    Great read Heather! #fitfamlove
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