It's that time of year when the temperatures go from 30° to 60° in one day. People are out and about more often, spreading their germs. And don't forget about seasonal allergies that begin as the greenery starts to come back.
There WILL be days when you aren't feeling 100%. The question is "What should you do?" Here is my rule of thumb:
- If your symptoms are "above the neck", such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or sore throat, go ahead and do the workout, but be prepared that you might need a reduction in intensity. For example, maybe ride the bike at the gym instead of attending Spin class. You could also reduce your pace on a run.
- If your symptoms are "below the neck", such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach, take some time off.Your body needs to recover and you don't want to prolong your illness by pushing yourself too hard.
Most importantly, listen to your body. If you start feeling worse when you are working out, stop and rest. Your body won't lose its level of fitness in the few days it might take to feel better.