I’ve been hit with a cold. Isn’t that a reason to sit and do nothing and eat everything? Isn’t the adage “starve a fever, feed a cold?” I guess not. I did some research that I thought you might find interesting.
the mayo clinic says, “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.”
oops. Guess I did that wrong this week. I get frequent bronchitis so I’m always worried a cold will turn into a three-week long hacking session. But I definitely could have lifted some weights, done some yoga, or done some crunches in addition to my walking, sniffling and lying around.
webMD says, “When you eat a nutritional, well-balanced diet, many other factors fall in place that keep your body functioning optimally. Foods that are rich in nutrients help fight infections and may help to prevent illness. Because a wide array of nutrients in foods — some of which we may not even know about — are essential for wellness, relying on dietary supplements (vitamins and minerals) for good nutrition may limit your intake to just the known nutritional compounds rather than letting you get the full benefit of all nutrients available in food.”
So I guess I shouldn’t just eat my daughters chocolate Halloween candy because it makes me feel better? I did so in moderation even though I was sick. What I did do is drink a bunch emergen C packets. That’s not good according to webMD. Eating actual food containing vitamin C would serve my body better plus contain antioxidants that would help my body fight off viruses. Good to know because I get probably two to three colds a year and in the past they have seriously put a stop to my exercise routine.
Don’t get sick people. It’s no fun. But if you do get sick, I hope you wont let it ruin your diet or exercise routine.