What to Do About Your Flu and How It Relates to Your Fitness Regimen
Many have awoken to a
strange yet familiar feeling in their body. It’s been happening more
frequently as of late; it starts with just a small feeling and quickly
transfers across the body. There’s this warm feeling in their head.
Their body feels warm and/or a cough has started. Their body aches and
their mind doesn’t need to race that far because it already knows what’s
happening; it’s the flu.
It’s not the first
time you got the flu nor will it be the last, but it certainly doesn’t
feel good. The sickness leaves you feeling like you need to stay in bed.
It makes you skip work and other activities, and it drains all the life
from you. Work suffers, play suffers, and most of all you feel like all
your hard earned gains are halted. What do you do now?
This may sound
obvious, but it’s time to think about your health. No, seriously, I mean
really examine how you’ve been holding up. What’s been eating at you
lately? Where are your shortcomings and what can you do better? Sickness
feels like we’re being buried; as if we’re going to lose precious time
at work or with others, but it can also serve as an opportunity for
growth if the focus is right.
For instance, if
you’re getting sick often it’s highly recommended you take account for
what’s going on around you and why you’re getting sick so often. Is it
your office? Is it your routine? Have you really been taking the best
care of yourself or have you been letting things slip and it’s now led
to this? There should be no shame in admitting when you’re wrong and
equally so when you’re feeling ill. You have to make some changes and
this sickness could be a major indication of the how you’ve neglected
Should you force
yourself out of bed? Should this be a time where you muscle through
because that’s the honorable thing to do? Absolutely not; there’s no
shame in taking time for you, especially if it involves healing illness.
You’re allowed to take time for yourself, so do so. This is for your
benefit; you’re not proving anything by pushing through.
So, what about
training? Should you hit the gym and sweat it out like everyone says?
Well, it depends on the severity of the symptoms. If it’s all in your
head, i.e. stuffy nose, mild headache, etc. you could get away with a
light workout. However, if you’re feeling aches and pains, and typical
flu like symptoms it’s not advised that you push through. You need to
If your symptoms are
severe then you most certainly need to take time off and you’re going to
have to schedule a visit with your physician. This is no joke; the
typical message is to push on through, but you may be pushing yourself
over instead. If you’re concerned or it’s severe, acknowledge it and go
see your physician. You may need medication or more time off than you
As per usual, if
you’re experiencing flu symptoms the best thing you can do for yourself
is rest. Drink the right fluids for your condition, whether that
includes medication or not, and take time away from everything and
everyone else to recover. Curl up in your blanket; you won’t die from
resting a day or two and understand that this sickness might be an
indication that you’ve been pushing too hard. I repeat this and I mean
it, it may be time to make some changes.
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