Survival Of The Fitness – Keeping Fit When Ill

The cold weather and dreary days know how to kick you in the teeth – even if the New Year detox has put a healthy spring in your step, there's inevitably a sniffle around the corner to ruin your best laid fitness plans. Here's our Fitness blogger Claire on keeping active during a rough patch… 
Under-the-weather? Should you be really brave and go to the gym? Or is it time to go back to bed?…
It’s that time of year when a few people start to pick up colds, coughs, flu. (Or if you are really unlucky – man-flu) You have been pretty impressive about your new exercise routine, making sure you get those 3 sessions a week in. Then all of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu. What should you do? Should you skip the BodyPump class or forsake that run for a late afternoon nap? Are you worried that it will be hard to get started again if you miss a day or two and then before you know it, the summer hols are here and you are having sleepless nights about wearing that bikini/ mankini? (Delete as appropriate)
Well it depends what it is that you are suffering from – a cold is generally ok, anything above the neck including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, should not cause you to get any worse and it’s OK to exercise. But if your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, and fatigue, then it's time to hang up the trainers until these symptoms subside. Going to the gym with a fever is a definite NO – exercising raises your body temperature internally and if you already have a fever that can make you even sicker. *
You really need to know your limits, if you are feeling kind of bad; you may want to consider a walk instead of the Bootcamp. Take the intensity down or do a regenerative activity like yoga or Pilates because if you don't feel great, it may not be the best day to do a load of burpees!
At the end of the day you know your body better than anyone else – this is just general advice and you need to listen to your body and do what feels right for you. If you need to take a few days off don’t stress. Giving yourself the chance to recover will mean you can get back to full health quicker and really enjoy those burpees!
*Those struck down with the more serious man-flu may need medical advice/24 hour care or a slap. Ladies I’ll let you choose.

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