Tips for Working Out When You’re Sick

Exercising is a way of life for many people and a vital part of their routine. If working out is something you enjoy, it can quickly come to a halt when you catch a cold or fall victim to the flu. In some instances, working out can improve the immune system and is good when you’re feeling sick. But sometimes being ill means activity needs to be kept to a minimum and exercising can make symptoms worse. It’s important to know when it’s safe to workout while you’re sick:

 

Look at Your Symptoms

Before jumping into a workout while you’re feeling under the weather, take a moment to review your systems. If your symptoms are happening from the neck up, you may be clear to work out. Symptoms from the neck up include sneezing, headache, coughing or a sore throat. Exercise can actually be helpful when experiencing these kinds of signs and clear them up. When you’re experiencing symptoms from the shoulders down, reconsider your workout. Any shortness of breath, abdominal pain or vomiting can be made worse by exercising. These kinds of symptoms require rest to start feeling better.

 

Avoid Intense Workouts

Working out while your sick can be potentially helpful and make you feel better, but it’s important to take it slow. Keep the exercises moderate and mild to make sure not to overexert yourself. Overdoing it can lead to feeling even worse and too much for the immune system to handle. Workouts like an easy jog or bike ride can help with symptoms and have you feeling better in no time.  Low-intensity workouts and activities have the potential to boost immunity. Keeping the exercise light and outdoors will be sure to improve your health.

 

Don’t Spread Your Illness

When you’re sick, it’s very easy to spread your germs. Even when you’re mindful of washing your hands and disinfecting things you touch, you can still get people sick. That’s why it’s important to stay at home or outdoors while working out when you’re sick. Going for an outdoor bike ride or looking online for at-home workouts will keep you from spreading germs. If you’re sick and go to a gym, you’re putting other people at risk of catching your illness. Once your symptoms have cleared up, it’ll be safe to step back in the gym again.

 

Take it Slow Afterwards

Once you’re starting to feel better and your symptoms have cleared up, it’s easy to get a little too eager to jump back into things. However, when you’ve recovered for an illness, it’s important to take it slow when you start working out again. As you begin to get back into a routine, slowly reintroduce more activity. Listen to your body and be careful not to push yourself too much. Keep the workouts low intensity at first and be sure to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is key to recovery, inside and outside of the gym.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Avoid 5 Common Beginner Workout Mistakes

Deciding to take on a healthier lifestyle and start working out more is a big step. Many find adopting this new lifestyle change can be very fulfilling and rewarding, but it can be challenging at first. If you’re new to fitness and working out, it’s easy to make the common beginner workout mistakes. Here’s how to avoid the top 5 workout mistakes for beginners:

 

Take It Slow

When first starting out, it’s easy to take on fitness with full speed ahead. But doing too much too soon can not only be dangerous, but you could easily lose you motivation to keep it up. This is a whole new lifestyle change. Adopting it into your life and schedule is going to take some baby-steps. Having a great week of workout often encourages beginners to amp their workouts the very next week to levels that they’re body isnt used to. This can lead to serious injury and doesn’t allow a safe rate of adaptation. To avoid this, take things slow and gradually build up over your fitness plan.

 

Listen to Your Body

You’ve probably heard the saying “no pain, no gain”. While this is a great line for motivation, it should definitely be take lightly. Its normal to feel a bit of soreness and discomfort when just starting a new workout plan, but many beginners make the mistake of ignoring the other serious pains that may accompany the new routine. If the aches and pains intensify, listen to your body and take a break for awhile. Just a day or two will help your body heal and recover. Ignoring this pains and continuing your workout will lead to worse injuries and will definitely take more than a couple days to recover from.

 

Pick the Right Shoes

It may sound silly, but what you put on your feet can greatly affect your fitness journey. Getting the right shoes or footwear and regularly replacing them can prevent injury. Depending on the workouts you do will determine the support you need. Going for a run and participating in a studio fitness class require two completely different types of footwear. Many beginners make the mistake of using the same sneakers for every workout.

 

Keep Track of Your Progress

One of the biggest mistakes a beginner will make is not keeping track of their goals and progress throughout their fitness journey. By keeping track of your workouts, you will see the progress you are or aren’t making. Take notes of the exercises you did, the weights you used, and how many reps you did. It’s also a good idea to track your physique by taking pictures and doing weigh-ins. By keeping track of your progress, you can see if you should make any changes if no improvements were made or to keep doing what you’re doing if you plan has been successful.

 

Have a Plan

A lot of the time, beginners have no idea what to do. Many simply begin with going for a run or doing numerous crunches week after week. But the to get the best out of your fitness journey, you need to have a workout plan. To avoid roaming aimlessly around the gym wondering what to do next, find a beginner’s program online or from a personal trainer to get you started and stick with it for at least eight weeks. By having a plan to follow, you’ll have an easier time keeping track of your progress and following a program helps to stay motivated from week to week.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Recover the Right Way

Recovery is a crucial part of any workout routine because your recovery plan has a significant impact on your fitness progression. Proper rest and recovery will help you reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, many fail to follow a recovery routine and ultimately hinder their success. Here are my few tips to help get your post-workout plan on track.

 

Plan Recovery Time

Working out often and hard is great – but not allowing yourself to rest can cause serious problems. It’s easy to believe that fitness gurus never take a day off from strength training, but they do! “Recovery is one of the most important aspects of a successful training regimen, but for some reason, it’s commonly overlooked,” John Gallucci, Jr., D.P.T., president of JAG Physical Therapy, said. “Especially after intense or prolonged training, your body needs time to repair tissues that have broken down.” Depending on your workout regimen, be sure to have 24-72 hours of rest between intense sessions.

 

Hydrate and Eat Well

Another important aspect of recovery is refueling your body. Ideally, you should be replacing your fluid loss before, during, and after your workouts. Water helps every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in the body, so having plenty of water will improve every bodily function. Eating well is another key component. I recommend eating within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrate.

 

Sleep and Rest

While this may seem like a no-brainer, many forget that resting and sleeping is part of every effective recovery plan. Developing a regular sleep schedule is the best way to help your body recover. Try going to bed around the same time every night, even on days you are not working out.

 

Don’t Skip Stretching

Stretching is a significant help when recovering from a hard workout. Stretching helps relieve muscular tension and potentially downplay the soreness you experience later. “Make sure you allot at least 20 minutes after a workout to cool down and stretch,” Barbara Bolotte, an International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness model, said. “If you don’t plan for it, you are more likely to skip it.”

 

Schedule Recovery Workouts

My last tip for recovery is to remember that not every workout has to be a hard one. A lack of proper recovery can lead to overtraining, which can lead to fatigue, injuries, inflammation, and lack of progress. I recommend scheduling recovery and rest days. This does not mean you cannot train on those days, just take it a little lighter. Rest days can include a light job with extra stretching.

 

If you want to get the most from workouts, you need to prioritize a recovery routine. My five tips will help you maximize recovery and maximize your progress!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

How to Stay Fit During Vacation

Whether you’re taking a personal vacation or traveling for business, it can be difficult to stay in shape while you are away from home. You may have an excellent workout routine built into your normal schedule, but things will get shaken up during your travels. Here are my four tips for staying in shape during your vacation!

 

Explore the City

No matter where you are traveling to, be sure to explore the new landscape by running or walking! One of the best (and cheapest!) ways to see a new city is by going on a jog or walk. If running is not your favorite, then consider renting bikes or taking a bike tour around the town. Many cities are introducing bike shares where you can easily pick up a bike from a bike station to ride around the city. You can either drop your bike off at the same pickup location or finish at a different one!

 

Book for Fitness

When booking a hotel or condo, be sure to check out any amenities that are included. While choosing a hotel that has a fitness center may not always be available, ask about guest passes to local gyms. If you can get out of bed and roll into a gym minutes later, you will have given yourself the best insurance that you will fit fitness into each day!

 

Get Creative

Working out on vacation means you may have to get creative. Many find themselves working out in their hotel room with nothing but themselves and furniture. There are many hotel exercise routines online if you need help getting started! Ivana Levin, a yoga instructor and personal trainer at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, recommends using squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and push-ups to warm up. She also suggests combining plank variations, squat presses, and burpees to get a full body workout in a tight space.

 

Pack Food

Vacation is the perfect time to splurge and enjoy different foods and feasts. However, it is crucial to pack food and cook when you have the opportunity. If you are staying at a condo or hotel with a kitchen for several days, do not rely on restaurants for every meal. While you can not plan ahead for every meal, you can at least bring some healthier snacks. Be sure to keep hydrated as traveling can dehydrate you!

 

It’s easy to let travel derail your workout routine. However, it is possible to incorporate exercise into your vacation plans! By following these four tips, you can stay fit while traveling!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!