You never thought you’d get sick. You’ve been running regularly, feeling strong and fit. Suddenly, you wake up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Now, the problem is, you need to do some running according to your schedule. Should or should you not run?
To Run or Not to Run
Yes, its good to follow your plans and train according to your schedules. However, in times of sickness, the best thing to do is to take a day off. Type A runners usually choose to run. And if you are one of those, there is something you need to do first before you continue. Take the Neck Check Test
Above the Neck Symptoms
If you’ve got symptoms above the neck such as sneezing, a sore throat and runny nose, a slow pace run session perhaps wouldn’t do any harm. In fact, it could even help. How? When you exercise, you are releasing adrenaline or epinephrine.
Adrenaline is a natural decongestant, which when released clears the nasal passages. It doesn’t matter whether you are running indoor or outdoor as long as you are constantly monitoring your body. You have to be conscious to see if you’re feeling any more sickness or any dizziness. If you notice any of these signs, you must stop immediately.
Below the Neck Symptoms
For below the neck symptoms like muscle aches, fatigue, fever, diarrhea, chills, vomiting, sweats, swollen glands or hacking cough, it’s likely you have a virus. You should avoid running in this condition because it increases dehydration which in turn can lead to a more severe condition. Take a break and rest. There’s no need to worry because you will not lose too much fitness while you recuperating. The moment you get back on the track, your body will easily catch up.
The Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Sickness
Here are a few pointers to bear in mind to avoid and get rid of any minor sickness you suffer:
1. Spray Lysol handy when necessary every time you share your office phone or computer keyboard.
2. Don’t forget your cell phone – avoid using a public telephone which can bring you closer to viruses.
3. Keep washing your hands if you are with the kids because they can easily pass along colds and viruses.
4. Take vitamin C regularly.
5. If you are traveling by airplane, make sure you are hydrated.
6. Take herbal teas like Echinacea.
7. If all else fails, go back to basics. Drink chicken soup!