Winter is winding down. In fact, in my neck of the woods, the daffodils are out and the birdies are tweet tweeting – it really feels like spring! However, that doesn’t mean cold and flu season is over and that begs the question, should a few sniffles keep you from exercising?
Whether you have a slight cold or the nasty flu, there are certain fairly common physiological issues that effect most people when they get sick. First of all, your resting heart rate, BMR and respiratory rate become elevated. When this occurs your body loses fluid. This is one of the primary reasons we’re always being told to sip soup and drink lots of water. Obviously, if you perspire during exercise, this will only increase the level of dehydration. If you’re unlucky enough to have a fever, not only will you not feel like working out, your dehydration will be even more exaggerated.
Combine all that good stuff with your general sense of blah, weakness and lethargy and you’ll recognize very quickly what your body needs from you. More than likely, it’s telling you to just lay low for a while.
It’s good to listen to your body. Whenever possible, we highly recommend it!