Good afternoon, friends! It’s been an absolutely beautiful week here in Maryland so far. It makes me that much more anxious for summertime. My friend and I were talking about day trips and weekend trips to the beach already – it’s that warm out already. A few weeks ago I was thinking about how much I missed the snow that we didn’t get this winter; now I just think I was on crack when I let that thought cross my mind. I was finally well enough to get myself up and out of the house yesterday. I had a huge issue with putting real pants on yesterday after almost 5 days of being cooped up in pajamas and blankets, so I just wore a dress. Freeeeeeeedom.
It was gorgeous out, I got my friend-fix and my Starbucks fix, all in the sunshine.
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This morning it was also nice to wake up with that “normal” feeling, rather than that freshly-run-over-by-a-bus feeling. It’s the little things. I finally made it back into the gym as well. Keeping in mind that I couldn’t go balls to the walls, I kept it pretty simple and a little lighter than usual. I think it’s important – especially after having something such as the flu – to ease back into a routine at the gym, especially when it comes to lifting. The last thing I’d want to do is prolong my gym absence by pulling something.
I’ve worked out sick in the past, but now I just take it as a time to completely rest my entire body. You can absolutely work out sick, depending on your symptoms and if you honestly feel like it, but I know for me (especially this time) I really just wanted to rest. It also gave me something to look forward to when I got well again. Even if you aren’t sick, it’s good to take a few days off every now and then to give your body time to fully recover (and your brain, too!) Read more about my thoughts on rest here.
I did a little bit of everything to create a “warm-up” per say, for the rest of the week where I’ll be doing my upper body/lower body splits. Kind of felt like a carnival, I wanted to ride all of the rides. I also did about 10 minutes of abs at the end of my workout. 2 minute plank, side planks, bicycle crunches and captain’s chair leg lifts followed by a 5 minute cool down on the elliptical.
What are your thoughts on working out sick/easing back into your routine?
Peace and love!