To Take a Sick Day, or Not, From Workouts
By Stephen R. Farris
Winter weather in the southwestern states, such as Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, can be a little tricky. Tricky as in you never know from one day to the next what the weather is going to be like. One day it could be hot, the next, temperatures are dipping down near the freezing mark. It may be sunny, rainy or snowy on any given day. You just never know what Mother Nature will throw at you.
Another thing to consider is higher pollen counts. This can lead to respiratory problems, making it difficult to breathe and can also bring on allergies as well. If you're on a strict exercise regime, this could affect the way you work out, especially if you get sick from dealing with the changes in the weather and the air you breathe.
Take the Day off When Allergies Hit? Nope!
You may be sneezing a little, but it's not an excuse to stay at home and cancel your workout day. Nope, you can still get out on the track or in the neighborhood and walk, jog or play sports. But you might take a few napkins with you just in case. Same goes for sore throats, ear aches and even sinus congestion. Yes, you can still work out. Just take it easier if you need to.
Flu and Stomach Viruses: Stay Home
It you're experiencing flu or stomach virus symptoms, it's probably best you take the day off from working out. Take your time to heal, rest and recuperate. Most of all, stay hydrated. But there are folks who don't want to sit idle while being sick. If you do decide to get out of bed and head to the gym, take precautions because it's an inherently bad idea. One, you don't want to get anyone else sick. Make sure you bring some sanitary wipes to wipe down benches, seats and basically anything you touch. If at all possible -- and if you have the equipment -- stay at home to work out. If you've ever invested in a stationary bike, rowing machine, stair-stepper or a few free weights or weightlifting machine, now's the time to remove the clothes hanging on them and put the equipment to good use. As always, take it easier than usual and drink plenty of fluids. You never know, a little sweating may be just what you need to get better.
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