I have been sick for the past 4 or 5 days. Ug. Change of season bugs are so strange. A cold in the summer- bah. I have been laying low, canceling every appointment I can and trying to get on the mend.
One thing I am NOT doing is ceasing exercise! I did take an extra dedicated rest day.
It is my experience that the balance between rest and exercise is crucial when I am under the weather. Getting the blood pumping is a great way to encourage circulation, distributing antibodies through my system. There's nothing worse than the system stagnating with an offensive bug in it! 30 minutes of low-moderate RPE exercise is a great investment in getting better. Balancing that with extra rest and nutrition I usually don't get knocked down for very long.
This was very apparent when I was pregnant. The 2 times I caught a bug while pregnant I really felt that exercise saved me. Keeping my circulation moving really helped me to feel better and recover faster.
So the next time you are sick, consider going for a brisk 20 minute walk to get some fresh air and get the heart pumping before you crawl into bed with chicken soup. You just might find yourself more invigorated, less lethargic, and back at it in no time!
So this week I had a Day 1, rest day, Day 1 again.
Day 1 was Core- 3 exercises 30:10 x 2 rounds, with Monkey Push Ups & Explosive Star set reps time challenge. Repeat.
Next day was a rest day.
Day 1-2 I did 2 short 20 minutes workouts, one in the morning that was cut short by my baby waking up, and one in the evening with my husband (fun) to make up for the AM I missed. I did 3 exercises in each workout 20:10 x 8 rounds for 4:00 per exercise:
- Modified Pushups
- Jump Overs
- Toe Backs
- Monkey Push Ups
- Pike Leg Switch
- Scissor Jumps
Day 2 was Core again- 3 exercises 30:10 x 2 rounds, Monkey Push Ups Set reps time challenge, then 3 exercises set reps time challenge. Interestingly my (almost) 7 year old daughter got interested in doing this workout with me! One of the core exercises were easy enough for her to do- mountain climbers, and the rest were her own invention with my direction, to actually try to coach her some form for actual exercise. She did 5 exercises set reps and she loved the stopwatch time challenge. She did:
- Jumping Jacks
- Swinging Bridges (her invention, a modification of a bridge)
- Mountain Climbers
- Leg Switches
- Frog Jumps (again her own creation, kind of like a squat jump)
I am VERY excited about her exercising with me! Let's hope we can make it a daily summer activity while she is on vacation!
Today is Day 3 and I have 20:20 exercise face-offs planned- 6 exercises, 3 sets of 20:20 exercise pairs x 3 rounds for a total 18:00. I will add a cardio to my day- either stationary cycle or a short run tonight; AND I am still pretty sick. Ug. Chicken Soup exercise hey? Let's see if I can muster up the energy :)