Friends- it’s good to be back after a few weeks!! I’m coming back to you all after my family and I were under the weather for a few weeks. I was down and out for a few days, but I’m SUPER grateful to be back to 100%!
And, since the whole experience is fresh in my mind, I thought I’d address some of the questions I get from clients a lot about working out when under the weather, relieving symptoms and staying well:
First, can I workout when sick??
Well…yes and no.
1- always check with your medical provider if you’re not sure, since all our bodies are so different.
2- if you have a fever, take the day off. Your body is working HARD right now- give it time to do it’s job
3- if your symptoms are mild, ease back into exercise. I often start with a restorative yoga practice, then progress to more challenging yoga workouts, then to barre/Pilates, then to body weight strength, then to strength training with weights, and then to cardio. Again- we are all so different, so if you’re not sure what might work best for you, reach out for a consult.
Hydration, hydration, hydration…
Water is your BEST friend. It can help reduce headaches, aides digestion, is incredible for skin, protects joints and muscles, and supports immunity. There are about 10 other benefits I can list here, but I just chose some of my faves 💦💦
A few supplements I love:
Again- always consult with your medical partners to find out what’s best for your body. For me, I take adaptogens , a high quality cbd and a magnesium supplement daily, and those can help with so many things. So I kept up with those, but also added in my favorite collagen bone broth (this one is made with vitamin C too- extra benefit for immune health!) Bone broth has myriad health benefits, but just a few of the awesome ones are:
✅support for the immune system
✅decreasing respiratory symptoms
✅and supporting healthy hair, teeth and skin.
Remember to be kind to yourself:
Truthfully, I haven’t had much chance to read a book for pleasure (for more than 10 minutes a day anyway) in months! Or maybe it’s years?! So, each afternoon, when the kids were doing “quiet time” in their rooms, I took the two hours and called friends, family or READ FOR FUN 🙌🏼🙌🏼 I got a few books done and it was amazing to put the “to do list” aside for a while. Self care is ALWAYS vital, but when we’re under the weather, maybe out bodies are telling us we’ve been neglecting it a bit too much??
Prep your environment for healing:
When I’m needing to heal a bit, I try to facilitate more restful sleep by putting electronics away early and often, prepping my room to be a cool, dark place, going to bed a bit early, diffusing some essential oils and spraying some of this awesome eucalyptus spray on my pillow and in the steam in the shower. I used it on my kids pillows too- and we all slept MUCH more comfortably.
I’d love to hear how you all take extra amazing care of your bodies when you’re under the weather. It’s never fun, but I do remind myself that my body is an AMAZING, strong, capable healing machine.
Now, back to fun weekends of family, friends and summer fun ⛱☀️🌻
Sending sunshine you’re way, friends ☀️☀️☀️