If I exercise while tired/sick should I modify things a bit? With pro athletic trainer Jon Bula
Mark: Hi, Mark from Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here with trainer extraordinaire, Mr. Jon Bula of Groundwork Athletics and we’re going to talk about should I work out when I’m sick. How’re you doing today Jon?
Jon: I’m doing great; thankfully not sick at the moment. This is the time of year where there’s a million colds and flus bouncing around and I want to say first off, I’m not a doctor so this is just some common sense advice about working out while you’re sick but remember this is not medical advice.
Mark: Of course, good and that’s really important. So, should I miss a workout if I’m tired or sick?
Jon: Well, I always try and remind people, the point of working out is to be healthy. You’re exercising because it’s good for your body; you’re doing exercise because it boosts your immune system, so there’s always a balance between fitness and health. Sometimes letting your fitness drop a little bit is better for your health if you’re sick. I like to think of it this way, if I have a sickness or a cold and it’s sort of from the neck up, so it’s kind of in my head, in my nose sort of area, I personally don’t worry too much about exercising. I feel like I’m o.k. to go and do my spin or my workout or my run, I just dial it back a bit, but anytime that sickness is from the neck down, that’s when I really think about not exercising and not training because if it’s in your lungs or in those different areas you’re just going to make yourself less healthy and you’re going to break your immune system down by tiring yourself out and it’s going to take longer to get better. So that’s sort of the way I think about it; neck up probably o.k., neck down not so good.
Mark: So modifying things a bit depending on where and how you’re sick and tired?
Jon: You bet, if you’re not feeling well or you’re feeling tired like let’s say for instance, your kids kept you up all night and you have a workout planned for the next day and you really want to get that workout in but if you go do an intense training session, is that going to benefit you in the long run; probably not. That’s the type of day where you say o.k. I’m going to dial back the intensity of my training, maybe I’m going to go for a walk and include a couple hills or something in the walk so I get that feeling of exercising but it’s really at a lower intensity than I had planned. That’s the difference between balancing fitness and health and a lot of times you’ve got to think that being healthy is more important than the fitness aspect of things.
Mark: Great advice Jon. I wish I lived closer; I’d come and work out with you. Everybody else, if you live closer to Vancouver these guys are right downtown. They specialize in athletic training so if you’re training for events, if you’re just training for life, if you want to feel better, want that personal attention and want professional trainers who know what the heck they’re talking about, these are the guys to see. Jon Bula at groundworkathletics.ca and you can give them a call at 604-685-7576. Thanks Jon.
Jon: Thanks a lot Mark, talk to you soon.