Flu and Exercise? /Going to the Gym While Sick

In case you didn’t know, I got the flu.

It sucks.

I wrote about how to fix it here. (My tips don’t work, but try them anyway! It’ll be funny)

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So the day before I got sick, I went to the gym for the first time in AGES, and it was actually the best time I’ve had at the gym/exercising in such a long time that I got super excited about exercise again and was so inspired that I just wanted to go to the gym again!
Then I woke up feeling like death herself.

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So I took a day off, let my body recover a little, drank heaps of water and tea, and hoped that I would be feeling better soon.

Yesterday I went to work after having slept since 6pm the night before, and I felt like my fever had broken! My cough was still around, but everything else seemed OK! So I braved the gym again.

I am seriously not a smart cookie, OK? We’re aware of this.

I tried. I tried so hard. I got on the treadmill to do a warm up 1.5km, and after 2 minutes I was sweating buckets (guess that fever hadn’t broken like I thought), and my head was starting to spin a little, my nose started running, and my chest started to ache…. *thumbs up*

I slowed things down to a brisk walk and completed the 1.5km warm up. (Taking the time to sanitise the areas I had come in contact with  thoroughly)

Moving on, I started my upper body workout as planned.

It didn’t go as planned.

I think the phlegm induced paranoia set in at this stage, and it felt like every man (why are there still only men in weights rooms across the globe?) in the room was staring at me as I picked up my (delightfully) light dumb bells and began.

Eventually I had to just stare straight ahead of me and ignore it (good advice for all the ladies of the land), and I finished my scheduled upper body workout relatively unscathed! None of the bros in the room approached, and I skipped out of there delighted that I didn’t have to stop for a coughing fit.

I approached the StairMaster with trepidation, telling myself I would take it easy and only do 5 minutes.
I only did 5 minutes, didn’t die, and didn’t push it.
*success*

Here’s a picture of me after being at the gym. I don’t look as happy as I really should that I didn’t die.

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So there you have it. I went to the gym with the flu, possibly sweated enough to fill my comically large water bottle, had some weird paranoid delusions, and my fever broke! YAY!
I also kept a good thing going by allowing myself to take it easy, while maintaining my interest in the gym.

Do you workout when you’re sick? Have you had any bad experiences at the gym? Disaster stories?? Share them in the comments!!!

Fasted Cardio / Not Eating Before Working Out

Today I went to the gym in a fasted state.
I did 45 minutes on the treadmill alternating between jogging and sprinting.
I then did increasing squats from 8kg – 15kg, between regular squats and sumo squats.
I did a total 1 hour in the gym.

And it felt good!

…But would it have felt better if I’d eaten?

This is the eternal struggle. Is it better to eat before training?

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I know that there are some pros to doing fasted workouts, and I sometimes practice intermittent fasting (16:8), but would I reap more benefits from working harder after having sustenance?

It makes me wonder if I should begin doing multiple workouts per day: one morning cardio run in a fasted state, and one in the evening after eating for more explosive workouts like lifting weights or sprinting.

Considering one of my goals is to lose body fat, potentially this kind of commitment may be necessary to reap the maximum reward.

Here is an interested study indicating the differences between fasted and fed for weight loss. It shows that the women in the study that fasted before workouts (in conjunction with healthy diet) lost more weight than those in the study that did not fast before workouts (also with a healthy diet).

INTERESTING!!!!

So maybe I will test this out for myself and see what happens! I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s a gif of my new tights that I bought and love.

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Do you practice fasted cardio for fat loss?
Do you also include weight lifting?
Let me know in a comment if you’ve seen any positive results from fasted cardio!

Monday Run Log: Rainy Run

Day one of my November Training plan!

November Training Plan

Monday week one: 5km steady pace run

Setting: Straight up a local ridge and back down (33m elevation)
Distance: 5.17 Km
Time: 37:55
Average Pace: 7:20 /Km
Tunes: Spotify Playlist: “Zombies, Run!” by RIAVEG8  (As you can see, I don’t change it up much once I’ve found something that works)
I am also up to Season Two of Zombies, Run! So that has been keeping me pretty motivated, as I want to catch up.

The Run: After my Goal Setting post yesterday I couldn’t back out of this one today, the first day of my November plan to improve my endurance! So I had to do it, even though it’s miserable rainy spring weather. I ended up feeling surprisingly good by the third km and kept a steady pace for the last two km’s.

Thoughts:

  • So many puddles
  • This spray jacket is getting warm
  • Thank god, it’s stopped raining!
  • Up-hill is the worst
  • I really need to pick up the pace
  • Wohoo! Finally feeling like a runner again!

 

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We’re all Tina

Setting Goals: November

November has been the month for me to return to running. After a successful few months from July to September I was training regularly, and preparing for the 10Km race that I participated in, but once that was over I seemed to lose all of my drive.

Obviously, it makes sense, the competition and the challenge was over, so I didn’t have to push myself anymore. I’ve seen it all over the internet, that once you’ve reached a goal, the best thing you can do is set another one ASAP!

Well… I didn’t. I got lazy, and I allowed my fitness to slide, again.

So now that I’m reinvigorated, I’ve decided to set some real (achievable) goals for this month leading up to a proper training schedule for a half marathon in April.

 The Schedule

November’s focus: Endurance, conditioning (losing body fat %), consistency

Week 1:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 7km “long” run

Total: 27 – 30km

Week 2:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 8km “long” run

Total: 28 – 31km

Week 3:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 9km “long” run

Total: 29 – 32km

Week 4:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 10km “long” run

Total: 30 – 33km

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#ENDS