How many of you have been going along with your workout routine and then suddenly had to stop because of a cold? You may be feeling OK, but not well enough to get through a workout. You may want to try working out, but you’re concerned that you may begin coughing uncontrollably, which would be uncomfortable for all. What exactly do you do?
When I get a cold, the first thing I do is to try to sweat it out. I try to do as much cardio as possible and then sit in the sauna to help relieve my sinuses. Medical evidence shows that this generally does not lessen a cold’s length or its intensity, but I still try it. Sometimes it has worked for me. In addition, sticking to my routine makes me feel a bit better.
I begin to take cold medicine as soon as the symptoms present themselves. Some people don’t like to take medicines and instead, go for something organic and herbal, but I stand by the medicines. Until there is an official cure for the common cold, I will stand by Cold-Eeze or Mucinex (both have worked wonders for me).
I also increase my fluid consumption because I don’t want to be dehydrated. In addition, there is a Collin school of thought that if I can “pee it out.” I realize that this may have no medical merit, but this has worked for me in the past.
The most important thing that I do is listen to my body. Is my body telling me that I should not workout? If so, then I skip the gym. Do I need more sleep? “Yes, body, I hear you.”
It is imperative that we are good to our bodies, especially during times of illness. Our goal is always to treat our body fantastically, because it is the only one that we will ever get.
Try not to get hung up on the progress you may lose by missing a workout. If you eat a balanced diet, get lots of sleep, and drink lots of fluids, your recovery time should be very brief. A cold will not be the end to your progress. Treat it like any obstacle you may encounter in your journey, view it, respect it, and overcome it.