This past week in the Midwest has been frigid. Monday the kids didn’t have school…wind chills were in the -50s F! That’s frostbite in 5-10 minutes kinda cold. Yikes.
But it’s the inside cold that’s been bothering me.
The cold inside my head and chest! I’ve had a cold since before Christmas and I can’t seem to knock it out. I blame myself. Over the holidays I wasn’t taking care of myself. Not enough sleep, little exercise and plenty of sweets equals a recipe for sickness.
Blech. I wish it would go away! Now I am taking care of myself but it wants to hang out with me for the long haul.
However, one thing I haven’t been doing with this cold? Exercising.
Forget that fact that uhm, breathing is necessary to exercise and I would be wheezing for air and possibly coughing up a lung. My body needs all it’s extra energy to heal from this infection or virus.
Now, I cannot and should not use the sniffles as an excuse not to exercise!
This is what the Mayo Clinic has to say:
As a general guide for exercise and illness, consider this:
- Exercise is usually OK if your signs and symptoms are all “above the neck” — symptoms you may have with a common cold, such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or minor sore throat. Consider reducing the intensity and length of your workout, though, or you may feel worse. Instead of going for a run, take a walk, for example.
- Don’t exercise if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck” — such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach.
- Don’t exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches.
Let your body be your guide.
Listen to your body. But don’t let it be an excuse.
I hope to be back at it soon. Maybe I’ll go for a short walk. On the treadmill of course, cuz baby it’s cold outside!