Thank you all for wishing me well from being sick! 🙂 I’m still not 100% better, but definitely on my way.
I’m finally back at work today after having to take a couple of days off (plus the whole weekend). I literally sat on the couch for 4 days straight! It was beginning to get a bit maddening, but I knew that I needed it. I also didn’t have the energy to do much else anyway.
I had a sore throat, bad cough, chest congestion, and just overall achy. I also had no appetite, and still don’t have much of one. I think that is one of the worst things about being sick! I hate not enjoying my food!
The only things that sounded somewhat appetizing were toast and butter, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and soup. So that’s what I ate!
I have to come clean. I think something that contributed to my sickness was over training. I was doing too much activity and way too much cardio. Sure, I might have gotten sick anyways, but I think that it played a role.
At work we are doing a “100 Miles Challenge” where you have a certain amount of time to log 100 miles. You can run, walk, bike, swim, or use cardio equipment. Basically anything that can be tracked by miles. I thought I’d participate in the challenge and upped my cardio on my elliptical to get some extra miles each day.
Sounds innocent enough, but I added that on top of teaching cardio classes each day. Some days I was working out three times. That’s too much and just not needed.
I guess even I get caught up in thinking that my body can handle it and that I need to be pushed more. I think that just because I’ve been working out consistently for nearly a decade that my body can handle the extra load. But I’m not a super human and my body falls trap to over training.
I began to feel sick last week on Tuesday, but decided to workout anyways. I still felt sick on Wednesday and Thursday but again, I worked out. Then Friday came and I felt like crap. I could barely get out of bed. Sometimes people say it’s OK to workout if your symptoms are ‘above the neck’, which mine were. But that isn’t always true.
Perhaps if I truly listened to my body and how I was feeling and took days off earlier I would have recovered sooner. And maybe I wouldn’t have. But I know that getting sick this past week has caused me to reevaluate my workout schedule and cut back on the extra cardio. I don’t need it. I get more than enough as it is.
Wake Up Call
Sometimes when we don’t listen to ourselves, we get sick or we get hurt or injured. It’s a way to make us “wake up” and pay attention. I think I had plenty of chances to listen, but I chose not too. And then I was forced to listen by not being able to get off the couch. It’s life’s wake up call I guess!
And sometimes a wake up call is what we need! No more extra cardio for this girl. More is NOT always better and it certainly wasn’t in my case!
For more information see ACE’s website for the Top 10 Signs you’re Overtraining.
Have you had any health or exercise wake up calls before?