"I'm Sick. Now What" - (Eric Lupher)

By: Eric Lupher
By: Eric Lupher

Some might say we have the ability to “sweat out” our illness. You might want to think again.

Two weeks into my diet plan and my first major road block hit me right smack in the face.  I woke up last Monday morning with a plugged up nose, a very annoying cough and an achy feeling all over my body.  I was sick for the millionth time this winter, or at least it felt like it.  My first thought, “Just great.  I’m sick.  How in the world am I going to get myself to the gym?”  Being a diet and exercise “rookie” I thought I would simply have to fight through my sickness and continue to work out.  Under my weight loss plan my trainer says 30 minutes of cardio, 4 days a week would be ideal.

So after the noon newscast, plugged nose, annoying cough and achy feeling in all, I dragged myself to the gym.  Of course, after about 10 minutes on the elliptical I was spent.  I went home discouraged.  “I need to get in my 30 minutes of cardio,” I would say to myself. 

For me, I’ve always been under the impression that working out is good for you when you’re sick.  Some might say we have the ability to “sweat out” our illness.  Trainer Jerod Langness of 24 Hour Fitness says working out can actually do the opposite.  He says our bodies should focus on the biggest priority, which would be an illness in this case.  “You’re making that immune system work twice as hard,” he said.

But I still wasn’t convinced.  “What do you mean I shouldn’t workout,” I would ask.  “If I don’t workout, my whole week is shot.”  Langness says that’s when keeping track of our calorie intake becomes the most important thing.  For me, I have a “sidekick” when it comes to calorie counting.  I have the Bodybugg that clings to my arm 24/7.  In order to lose two pounds a week (my goal for the next five weeks) I have to burn 1,000 more calories than I consume each day.  Langness says if I stay on task with tracking my calories, a few days out of the gym won’t be that big of an issue.  “Take in a lot of fluids and recuperate,” he said.

In fact, Langness says trying to “sweat out” an illness could actually prolong it.  Nobody wants that.  So, next time I get sick, I’ll go to the gym, but not to workout.  I’ll spend some time in the steam room though!  That might help all that congestion in my head.

By the way, I’ve lost seven pounds since I started this whole thing two weeks ago.  I’ve lost 4% body fat.  I’m on my way!   My co-worker and friend Stacia Naquin is right there with me every step of the way.  She’s rockin’ it too I might add.  Two weeks down, five weeks to go!

We’ll talk soon.

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