Well that will haunt your dreams, now won’t it?
Since it is nearing on spring and we are just hitting winter (thanks mother nature!) it seems like cold and flu season might be extended a bit longer. At CrossFit we are ‘closer’ and share more than your normal gym. We push hard, we sweat more, we breath hard, doesn’t it seem like we would be sick a lot more? I personally have found since CrossFit and dietary changes my illness frequency and its overall potency has greatly decreased. Don’t get me wrong I still get sick. I am still human no matter what the back of my underwear says (WONDER WOMAN!), however illness is not as often or quite as severe. Perhaps not having kids at daycare or in school (etc), and generally working with a healthy population plays a part, or it could be my awesomeness. Regardless getting sick is never fun and getting back to the gym after an illness can just as brutal. So here is the debate, should we work out and work the illness out? or Rest and recover? What should I be doing when and after being sick? Here is an article I found on just such a topic. Below are the recommendations of how to get back at it after being sick. You can read the full article here. Do you agree? Disagree? Post to comments.
How to work yourself back into exercise
Work slowly back if you are used to high intensity exercises. For a cold, a 1-2ish week buffer between getting back to full exercise is likely good. For more severe illnesses such as influenza or pneumonia, I would take at least 2-3 weeks after all of the symptoms have subsided to work back into things with full intensity. The problem with going back to high intensity right away is that even if all of the symptoms have gone away there is still bacteria or viral loads in your body, just not enough to make you symptomatic. So high intensity exercise can actually depress your immune system enough to make the illness come back, sometimes even stronger than ever. Thus, it is best to be conservative with this. If you’re using a typical 3x a week type of exercise schedule, start with about 20-30% of your typical full workouts, and ramp up by 10% until after about 2-3 weeks you will reach 100%. Best to be conservative than get an illness again and be out another couple weeks if not more.
“The CrossFit Total” and last workout of the Nutrition Challenge!
3 attempts at each lift to find your 1 Rep Max
Post Results to Beyond the Whiteboard.