This past weekend I was sick with a cold. It started last Thursday with a few sniffles and a scratchy throat. By Saturday it was obvious I had caught some kind of cold virus. I did my best to stay hydrated and rest for the most part. Since I had rested most of the day Friday, I figured I would be up for my Turbo Fire workout in the evening. Boy was I wrong. I normally don’t pay any attention to the timer to see how much time has elapsed during the workout but honestly, the end couldn’t come soon enough. The cold had really zapped me of my energy. As a nurse I know the importance of letting your body rest so it can heal. Just another case of me being hard-headed 🙂
When you are sick your body goes into recovery mode to fight the illness. Here are a few tips to ward off a cold quicker and get back to your normal routine:
- At the onset of a cold, bump up your vitamin c and zinc levels. Increasing your vitamins and minerals will certainly shorten the length of a cold and build up your immune system so you can fight germs in the future.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Increasing the amount of fluids you consume in a day’s time will help to flush out any toxins in your system. According to The Mayo Clinic, when you are sick it is recommended to increase the amount of fluids you consume, particularly water. Drink approximately 9 glasses a day to ensure you are cleansing your system.
- Sleep as much as possible. Rest can help keep us heal more quickly. Make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep, adequate enough to heal your body. Researchers from Harvard Medical School suggest avoiding caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep.
- Eat a lot of small meals all day long. Your body needs nutrients when it’s sick but doesn’t want the energy burden of digesting large meals.
- When the cold has turned the corner you can begin moving more. Low-level aerobic exercise and light yoga are good restorative exercises.
Following these tips when you’re sick will actually help your fitness program in the long run.
Lastly, the best thing is to not get sick in the first place. One of the main ways we get sick is when we let our guards down and let stress take over. Stress is the number one cause for getting sick. So do your best to ward off stress by taking time out for yourself and doing things that bring you joy and make you happy.
What’s your favorite cold remedy? Leave a comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?