My Journey: Health Wise

out-sick-1I changed my column topic at the last minute…again. I was going to get back to discussing the types of training I’ve been doing and talk about another style, but as some of you who follow me on Twitter may know, I’m sick. I’ve been sick since Sunday. Today is Thursday, and I’m just starting to recover.

No cardio, no weights, no gym. Period. I had to take Tuesday off work. I wasn’t eating properly, and I wasn’t eating period for a couple of days, barely taking in water my throat was so sore. It was horrible!

I got up this morning at 5:30 (usually I’m up at 5) for the first time all week, and while I wasn’t quite 100 percent, I felt I was as close as I was going to be for the next few days and decided to head to the gym.

I jumped on the bike for some warm-up, and after five minutes I was winded and sweating. I continued on the bike, upping my pace every five minutes, for another 15 minutes. My normal cardio consists of eight, 20 second sprint intervals at full-bore, with 10 second rest periods in between. I didn’t dare attempt any HIIT cardio if I couldn’t deal with steady state for any duration.

After the warmup I proceeded to train back and biceps. My normal Thursday workout is Legs, but again, after struggling on the bike with cardio, I didn’t want to do anything to taxing. I also didn’t want to give a half assed (pardon my language) attempt at a workout, which is what I figured would end up happening. I ended up getting in a fairly good workout, not as intense as usually, but good enough. I could feel I had worked hard and was satisfied with my performance.

We all take our health for granted. No question about it. I realize this now especially after being sick and unable to workout. Even when I was able to workout, I found abilities limited and my strength drained and I weakened very quickly.

Next time you skip a workout at the gym, or a walk, a bike ride, or whatever it may be because you’re to tired or lazy, think about the fact that someone somewhere is unable to get out of bed or walk down their stairs and would give anything to run or walk anywhere!healthy_for_kids

Good health is a blessed gift, and I think it’s one that is taken for granted far too often. I’m just as guilty as anyone. Instead of complaining about how tired we are, or how much this next set is going to “suck”, think about those less fortunate, unable to perform what we consider mundane physical tasks and then be thankful you have the health to do so.

I’m not trying to compare a cold or flu to a debilitating disease or affliction, I’m just trying to say that until this week I really took my health and being able to go to the gym for granted. Now that I have it somewhat restored I can tell you that I plan on taking nothing for granted any more!

I enjoy working out and my health to the fullest, now more than ever!

Happy Lifting!

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4 comments for “My Journey: Health Wise

  1. February 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Training while sick is a tough choice. For me through my experiences I’ve found it depends on the level of sickness. If I’m REALLY sick it’s best not to train or I’ll just get worse. However if I’m not that sick and just not feeling that great not only can I still do it but sometimes I feel like it helps me “sweat out the sickness” even though I’m sure that’s not a real thing. I feel it’s best to listen to your body, if you really listen it will tell you if it’s okay or not. Hope you are feeling better!

  2. February 10, 2013 at 5:48 am

    The last time I got sick I just trained through it. It was a pretty miserable experience actually. I’ve seen evidence to support both rest and continuing to train in order to heal faster. I guess it’s up to the individual whether they want to suffer through it or not. It’s definitely not fun.

  3. February 10, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I am with you all the way on this. In my 20’s- supposed to be the of my life- i suffered through 5 years of cancer, chemo and radiation. I was left a wasteland. And i certainly learned the value of health and thus launched full throttle into a lifestyle of whole foodsnutrition and fitness…17 years ago now and I’m still going strong. But i too was sick this week and missed some gym time.When I did return I felt deminished but nonetheless I pressed in rememberinthat how I had felt this week was NOTHING compared to what I had all those years ago and nothing compared to what others were facing now. We do take our health for granted sometimes and I sure hope that no one has to learn the lesson as I did. Health is our true wealth!

  4. Chris
    February 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Training when sick is the worst. Keep working hard to compete bro!

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