Posts Tagged ‘exercise and illness

15
Jul
11

‘Been one of those weeks!

‘Been one of those weeks!

Talk about feeling like ….

This week’s been a bear.  It started out with migraines progressed to caffeine withdrawal and as I entered the middle rounds we’re talking full on laryngitis, chills, coughing, runny nose, sneezing and general stooped misery.   The anecdote you wonder?  Lots of fluids, hot split pea soup (particularly soothing on the throat), warm salt water gargles, my new low acid-mostly alkaline diet, steam, steam and more steam on my face and early bed with lots of bad TV, though I did enjoy watching So You Think You Can Dance and a rebroadcast of John Duddy’s 2006 win over Luis Ramon Campas for the IBA Middleweight title.

The unfortunate thing … I was too under the weather to hit the gym so it’ll be a full on workout on Saturday, though by last night I was feeling somewhat better and did manage some sit-ups and light weights for my arms.

In checking out the idea of exercising when your “under the weather,” no less an authority than the Mayo Clinic offered this advise:

As a general guide for exercise and illness, consider this:

  • Exercise is usually OK if your signs and symptoms are all “above the neck” — symptoms 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, though, or you may feel worse. 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.
That seemed like a good commonsense approach and is certainly in line with how I’ve been feeling — way too yucky the first part of the week, and able to do a little something by last night.



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