I’m not so fond of being sick. I’m sure no one is. Me, I hate the lack of energy, the knowledge that work is piling up. I hate feeling unavailable for my kids. Now, I don’t need to feel that way when I’m sick which is a whole ‘nother post, but, I do.
Unfortunately, when I start feeling better, it’s all too easy to jump right back into my exercise routine right where I was when I got sick and expect that I’ll be at the same level. Then, I go and hurt myself, and I have to wait again to start exercising. This time, since I started running at the beginning of January for a 5K race in April, I don’t want to make the same mistake and get behind on my training.
To ease back into running, I came up with 5 ways to get on track:
1. Lower my expectations and meet myself at my true level. Sure, I may have been running a 10.5 minute mile right before I got sick. Truth is I probably will be running a slower mile and I won’t be able to run as long as I did before. I need to find the new Normal and work from there.
2. Drink lots of water. Chances are with my head cold and lack of appetite that I may not have gotten enough fluids into my body while I was sick. I did try which is good.
3. Make sure stretching is part of my cool down. I am a huge believer in stretching, however, stretching when your muscles are cold can cause injury. Also, don’t push the stretch. I pushed a stretch a few weeks ago, and it took 2 weeks for the muscle to heal.
4. Break up the workout into smaller time commitments. Instead of doing 30 minutes all at once, do 10 to 15 in the morning, and then another increment, and then another. Doing this for the first few days will help you get back into the exercise routine slowly without pushing too hard.
5. Get out in the sun. Getting fresh air and sunshine will help elevate your mood, and keep you more motivated to get back into exercising.
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The suggestions made in this article do not constitute medical advice; they are merely suggestions. Please consult with your doctor before undertaking an exercise program.