Over the weekend, I got food poisoning. Luckily, it didn’t last that long. However, I lost all my energy and overall felt like I was hungover. Yet, I wanted to return to training as soon as possible. In the past, I have been sick as well and getting back to exercising when you’re not feeling 100 percent is tough. Here are some tips to help you return to exercise after you’ve been ill.
Tips for Exercising after You’ve Been Sick
Take it slow. Don’t go all out to crush a workout (especially a CrossFit workout) after you’ve been sick. It’s okay to return to exercise not quite 100 percent, but don’t push your body to its limits. You open yourself up to injury and a longer recovery period from your illness if you do.
Drink more than usual during a workout. Stop at logical breaks or at least every two minutes and take a sip of water. Your body needs extra nourishment as it’s trying to fuel your body and recover from an illness.
Recovery after the workout is key. Drink your protein shake and recovery drink immediately after you’re finished and don’t cut the dosage. Your body will need all those electrolytes.
Listen to your body. I say this a lot, but it’s true. Over the next several days, your body will let you know when it’s ready to be pushed and return to your normal level of exercise. This is different for everyone who has different levels of fitness and a different degree of sickness. Food poisoning is quite different than pneumonia.
Be smart. Fitness will always be there. Recover and then hit it hard. Injuring yourself is just not worth it. If your body needs rest, then rest as hard as it is. You’ll be the stronger for it if you do.
Illnesses are a part of life. Luckily, as our immune systems get older, they aren’t a big part of our life. When you’re active and you get sick, take a break. Let your body concentrate on recovery and not performance. Use the time to catch up on a book you want to read or a TV series you want to watch. The mental break can be just as good for you as the physical break. Feel better soon!
Today I got to work out for the first time after my surgery. It was glorious. To feel my heart race again and try and beat the clock. Magic!
For those of you who do CrossFit, you know you walk around in a state of perpetual soreness. Since I haven’t been working out, I haven’t had that. Today I got it back. I used to bemoan the fact I’m always sore. Then I accepted the fact I was always sore. Now, for the first time, I missed the soreness of CrossFit.
Today I got to work out for the first time after my surgery. It was glorious. To feel my heart race again and try to beat the clock. Magic!
My hand feels good. Really good. To the point I want to be all in again.
I have to tell myself, Not yet. Hold back. A few more days.
In the grand scheme of things, a few more days is not that long. We sleep a bit of it away. We work some of it. We spend the rest of the time eating, reading, blogging (of course!), and spending time with our family and doing things together.
Training is just a small part of my life.
Next week, I will probably be 90% in. I don’t want to lift too heavy right off the bat. That time will come. And sooner than my mind tells me.
So like a racehorse who finishes strong, hold back. The end game is what matters.