I disappeared there for Day 12-15. It was not because I had given up on my eating and exercise. Instead I was fighting a cold.
There are lots of articles and recommendations out there on when and if you should workout while you are sick. I've read many of them. I also have several years of experience juggling a cold and exercise. As a Zumba and group fitness instructor, I showed up to class with sinus infections, strep throat, bronchial coughs and more! I do not condone or recommend this, in my case I had a class to teach and finding a sub was never easy. However, it made me realize we can exercise even if we aren't feeling 100%.
While I will never exercise with those types of colds again, I will listen to my body to determine if I can benefit from a little workout. Generally if it is a head cold, and I don't have a headache, I will still go for a light run or workout at home. If it's in my chest, I definitely take a rest as I suffer from cold-induced asthma.
However, I lot of the time my colds have no symptoms. They manifest as fatigue. Apparently my doctor said it is common to not always get classic cold symptoms when our bodies are in shape. In reading up on this, I found some say it's the stress reduction from the exercise endorphins and others mention it's the increased blood circulation producing more white blood cells that play a roll. Overall, my colds do not seem to last long on average. (Knock on wood!)
I also have chosen to get regular adjustments at Optimum Family Chiropracti. Again, in my opinion through reading and research, if I can keep my spine in line, my nervous system can operate more smoothly taking care of not only my bodies' structure but all of its internal working parts.
So what happened to me on Day 12 to 15. While I did have a mild sore throat, it was the body fatigue that told me to rest. I made sure my family realized I needed to take a break so their extra help around the house was important. I got 2 days rest. I was still able to see clients, as my days were not full and I was not coughing and sneezing. To offset the reduction in exercise, I was more diligent with my eating. I increased my fluids and included Emergen-C, a Vitamin C supplement, in my water.
By Sunday I was feeling better. I was able to participate in the Terry Fox run, and yesterday I manage a good strength training workout.
Working through some colds is totally do-able. Overall you have to listen to your body. Be honest with yourself; you don't always have to succumb to a little sniffle and every exercise doesn't have to kick your butt. Anything is better than nothing, even with a minor cold.
This cold wasn't too bad, but it told me I needed rest. I listened and I rested for a couple of day. It felt good to be back on track in such a short period of time!