Should I still workout if I am ill?
Should I soldier on?
Should I sweat out the cold?
Interesting questions and the answer is simple…listen to your body.
Only you will know how you really feel.
Last Tuesday I had a really proactive day (for me) I woke up at a decent time, I went to the gym and had a really good session, I did some work I needed to, I went to work, I came home, did a face mask, did my nails, did some guided meditation (using an app I will talk about in the future) and went to bed at a reasonable hour, not watching the telly like I usually do. I felt proud! Really chuffed with myself!
Then BAM, I wake up at 1 in the morning after having some crazy dream, I feel awful, my sinuses and my left ear were throbbing with pain. I couldn’t sort myself out enough to go back to sleep (lack of sleep generally makes me a little anxious). I knew I wasn’t right, so I took myself to the doctor as soon as I could, crawled to the pharmacy, had a break down while trying to get my medicine (turns out I am super over emotional when I have a fever) and slowly made my way home.
I cancelled work that day (its got to be bad for me to do that) and stayed in bed. The next day I woke up, fever gone and feeling a lot better. I thought about going to the gym, but then I realised it would probably just drag this illness out and prolong my recovery. So I waited until today and had a great session this morning way better than I would have been capable of last week!!
If you are not well really take a minute to check in on yourself, can you manage a workout, would you be in the right mindset for it to be safe in the gym? Is it something that could really use a rush of endorphins or is it the kind of illness that needs time to get gone!
Do you have enough energy for this workout to be worth it or are you just going to make things worse?
Take that time and don’t feel bad if the answer is no. It’s okay, get better and smash the next workout!
Take care of yourselves xx