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!!!

5 Crappy Tips To Help You Get Better

My crappy tips for recovering from a cold.

Waking up with a cold is crappy.
I woke up yesterday feeling amazing, then I went on to do amazing things all day, and now I feel terrible. It happens.

So here are my quick tips to a happy recovery from a cold:

1. Drink water

Yep. And lots of it. I have a handy 2L drink bottle that goes with me most places, and I aim to drink one and a half of it every day, and two when I’m sick.

2. Tea is life

Drinking tea makes it all better. I have my own killer recipe for cold recovery (actually stolen from an old colleague that used to make this for me when I was sick, but he would totally be fine with me telling you guys, I’m sure)

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1 lemon and ginger tea bag
Half a lemon
Nub of ginger (cut up into pieces
Tsp honey
Quarter of fresh chilli (birds eye) / tsp cayenne chilli if you don’t have the fresh stuff
Half a clove of garlic

It is actually pretty brutal. The garlic is intense, the chilli makes your eyes water, and the honey soothes it all to make you feel like it’s going to be A-OK.

You’re welcome.

3. Rest days

I am actually the worst at taking my own advice! I am notorious for not taking rest days when I’m on a training program, because I know how little it takes to derail all of my good efforts, cut to me one week later having not moved from the couch and ordering my fourth pizza for the week….. It happens.
But let’s all stop and rest here for a second. We’re going to rest and let our bodies deal with the virus that is currently trying to slowly kill us.. k?

4. Vitamins!

Those little bastards just want to make us feel good and here we are trying to derail all their good work by drinking all the alcohol and going running in the rain.. tsk tsk.

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So let’s all just be good for a few days and try to take our vitamins, give the alcohol a rest, and stay warm and dry for a bit, give those suckers a chance to do some good.

5. Drugs

Sometime we still need to soldier on and get shit done. On those days we stock up on paracetamol, water, and maybe some fruit and we do the things.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are absolute godsends.

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These are some of my tips, but my preferred list would only include one item:

1. Stay in bed, watch Netflix & wait for it all to be over

Unfortunately we can’t do those things, and colds pop up at the most inconvenient time, so we have to do all the other stuff too.

I hope the flu season hasn’t caught you like it did me!
I realise now after writing this post that I may have brought this on myself by skinny dipping in the middle of the night at the beach over the weekend.
Huh.
Such is life I guess!

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How do you make yourself feel better when you’re sick?
Do you have your own tea recipe? Let me know in the comments!