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Staying motivated when you're sick..


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So I've a runny nose/sore throat and all that crap! Plus my TOM is due in 4 days..

I only went to the gym twice this week, Monday and Tuesday. I plan on going tomorrow and Sunday.. I go three times a week. Anyway, it said I gained 1.8 pounds from Tuesday today.. I know thats not possible, but yeah not a confidence boost lol. Is a few days away from the gym bad? I was thinking about leaving it until Sunday.. I feel better today but still a bit stuffy.

I was 175.2 lbs on Tuesday, now it says I'm 177!! Argggh. lol. I wanted to be 174 for New Years, so then I've only 20 lbs to go. Is anyone else sick? God, I HATE December.

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Taking a break when you are sick is a good thing - you need energy to recover, and the last thing you want to do is stress your body so that it takes longer to fight your cold. The only rule I've ever seen is that if the cold is below your neck (chest cold) you should definitely not exercise. Other than that, listen to your body - if you feel up to it, go for it. But don't push yourself.  A few days away from the  gym shouldn't cause weight gain.

And gaining a few pounds in the days leading up to your period is perfectly normal.

 

Taking a break is good when you are sick.  Most of the time your body can't handle much activity during sick periods. The question is usually when to start exercising again after you've been sick. I usually give my self two days (unless it's a really bad sickness) to recover.  After that I start it slow, and work myself back up slowly.  You may have a backslide, but you'll get back to where you were before you got sick!

I have a cold too! It's just a horrible cough right now, which means I have all this motivation but no ability to exercise. I've barely slept in the last three days because when I lay down the coughing gets unbearable. Yet another reason to be more healthy: fewer colds! I'm using that thought to keep me away from junk food I'd normally want to soothe my throat, but otherwise I've been laying around (besides going to work) and drinking about 9 glasses of water, eating fewer calories since I'm not exercising... I'm afraid to look at the scale until this is over!

I don't worry about the gym when I'm sick, I just watch what I eat.
Lots of soup and lemon honey drinks to make me feel better! :)

Drink lots of water while you are sick and eat clean. Focus on rest so your body can recover. Then get back to the gym. You should be able to maintain if you do this.

Original Post by dave160:

Drink lots of water while you are sick and eat clean. Focus on rest so your body can recover. Then get back to the gym. You should be able to maintain if you do this.

I'm much better now! Just a runny nose, just made sure I was getting a lot of vit c and water :)

Original Post by restless_girl:

I don't worry about the gym when I'm sick, I just watch what I eat.
Lots of soup and lemon honey drinks to make me feel better! :)

The lemon drinks really worked and lemsip blackcurrant lol

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Taking a break when you are sick is a good thing - you need energy to recover, and the last thing you want to do is stress your body so that it takes longer to fight your cold. The only rule I've ever seen is that if the cold is below your neck (chest cold) you should definitely not exercise. Other than that, listen to your body - if you feel up to it, go for it. But don't push yourself.  A few days away from the  gym shouldn't cause weight gain.

And gaining a few pounds in the days leading up to your period is perfectly normal.

 

Thanks!

i have been sick with a real bad cold, I stopped working out and drank alot more water and ate what i could to keep up my strength to fight the cold....I didn't work out cause for one I felt terrible and second  i knew this was away my body telling me to give it a break(LOL) so I didn't work out for a week and yesterday started up again and even tho it was the holidays and i didn;t work out,I only gained a pound..... not bad...

When you are sick you shouldn't work out.  Likely the weight gain is water either from retention due to your expected period or your body is trying to dilute the virus and other toxins that caused you to get run down in the first place.

What to take - zinc, vitamins like B complex and C, vitamin A, D & E, lots of liquids especially hot ones like green tea with fresh squeezed lemon (and a little bit of raw honey), chicken soup or other broths, and stay away from dairy.

Eat what you feel you can handle - bland easily digestible foods like whole wheat or rye toast, oatmeal, farina, scrambled eggs, soups, steamed veggies, tangerines or oranges, applesauce, berries, jello, tuna or chicken salad. 

Steer clear of spicy foods for the time being.  No salsa or curry.  Nothing overly greasy either.  You want your body to work on fighting off the infection - not digestion.  You should also be able to rest better and you do need your sleep. 

Drink lots of water and fruit or vegetable juices - diluted is fine and if you want some soda, try ginger ale.  Stir out some of the carbonation and allow to sit for a few minutes.  Avoid it chilled or served over ice.  Sip slowly so as to limit burping.

Only after you feel 100% should you start working out again.  Remember you may tire easily so cut back a little on your routine.  Two sets instead of three, 10 reps instead of 15 or 20, run a shorter distance, lift lighter weights, etc.  Be sure to warm up longer and cool down longer, too.  After a couple trips to the gym with no set backs, you should be able to resume your normal routine.  There is no point in pushing yourself too quickly and having a relapse (your body's way of saying you are doing too much) or worse, getting injured.

Follow these tips to feel better soon!

 

maybe im the lone person to suggest this, but i feel so much better when i run when im sick(on a treadmill). i sleep better, my body feels better, and im able to feel better, faster.
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