We all know that when you are under the weather, have a fever and generally feel sick/lack energy its best to take a rest from training. But how can you keep active whilst carrying the flu?
Here are my top 4 tips!
1. Stay away from the gym – touching weights, adjusting the speed on the treadmill and talking to other gym rats can spread the flu and more importantly if nothing has been wiped down (which more than likely it hasn’t), you won’t get better. Solution – train indoors at home where its warm, you can wear a few more layers and be a dag in your pjs relaxing to some yoga.
2. Drop the intensity – as an ammeter boxer, training intensity is never anything short of BLOODY HARD. Over the past 2 weeks I have dropped my weights by 50%, completing fewer reps and taking longer rest time between intervals. I have also dropped my cardio days as my lungs were unable to cope with the pressure/intensity thrown at them. Have I stopped? Not 100% I have taken it slower, but…read next point.
3. TAKE REST DAYS (YES there is a plural for a reason) – one of the reasons I got so sick was I trained for 6 days without a rest. This was not intentional, but after having sat down with my diary in front of me, I realised that with netball, touch, boxing, running and weights I hadn’t actually had a proper rest. Following this, I took a solid 3 days of rest, focused on my nutrition and slept like a baby…much deserved.
4. Listen to what your body is saying – I may cop some flack from this point, but if your program is high intensity, like mine you MAY simply need a break from all the stress placed on the body e.g. trying some yoga, meditation or thai chi. You MAY not need full days of rest. On the other hand, if your ill in bed and coughing up a storm, best to curl up with a cup of tea and continue the marathon of Orange is the New Black which you started a few days ago.
Take care of yourselves and listen – your health is your MOST important asset