Sick Workouts

This post is about some sick work outs, literally.

Unfortunately, I’ve been sick with a sinus infection for the past week and with that, I haven’t done much exercise, with the exception of my ab crunches every time I cough. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, grogginess, and very fluffy belly. Although exercising may be the last thing you want to do, some light movements or fresh air can make you mentally and physically feel better.

One general rule is to check whether your symptoms are above the neck. If you have sore throat, runny, stuffy nose or headache, you may be ok to do some light exercise. Fever or body aches? Skip the work out and REST. Hydration and sleep are the key to recovery.

What are some easy exercises you can do to get out of the funk?

*For these exercises, skip the gym or fitness class. Focus on doing these exercises in your own home and on your own. Avoid places where the sickness can spread to others or you can get worse.

1) Mild stretching and yoga- check out the candle light stretching post for some stretches. I did a few yoga videos by Tara Stiles which only take 10 minutes. Very quick and easy.

2) Take a walk outside – with a friend, with a dog, or with your wonderful self. If it’s a sunny day, it’s not snowing, and above 30 degrees, go for a quick walk outside, about 10 – 20 minutes. In Chicago, it is FRIGID, but getting fresh air can make you feel a lot better than being stuck in bed. The cold air won’t hurt you, but may dry out your sinuses so be weary, and bundle up! Make sure you wear all your winter accessories – hat, scarf, mittens, face mask (cover up your nose and mouth)!

3) If you want to try to break a sweat, do a few jumping jacks, ice skaters, mountain climbers, squat jumps, and running in place. Do each exercise for one minute for a total of 5 minutes of continuous exercise. Then end with a stretch. Do not exert yourself and go at your own pace.

Have you gotten sick this winter? What are you doing to stay fit?

Hungry for more,

The Midwest Marmot

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