Sick – Workout or Avoid?

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As I posted in SixPax Saturdays, I wasn’t feeling quite myself this weekend. By Sunday, I was running a 101 degree fever which broke sometime Monday afternoon while I was at work. Needless to say, I wasn’t working out. As a general rule of thumb, if you are feeling under the weather and wondering whether or not you should hit the gym, follow the “Neck Rule”. If the symptoms leaving you feeling uncomfortable are contained above the neck – i.e headache and runny nose, then you are good to go. If your symptoms are in your chest, muscles, basically anywhere below the neck, then avoid exercising and rest until you feel better! For me that meant Monday night in bed watching Fashion Police and other quality E! programming.

Tuesday, I dragged myself in the blizzard to a Ballet Barre class at SixPax Chicago with Fayth. It was the perfect class after taking a few days off.

Wednesday, I was ready to run again but I still wanted to take it easy. I planned a run that would keep my heart rate up and burn fat but would also incorporate short bursts of energy and periods of rest to bring down my heart rate. During a run, if you can have a conversation comfortably, your body is working at a pace where you are burning fat. During a sprint, your body burns stored glucose (glycogen) but continues to burn fat and calories after the workout is over. While running for long periods of time can cause muscle atrophy, sprinting actually helps develop muscle in your legs and abs.

Today my run looked like this:

0:00 – 3:00   3.9 MPH

3:00 – 8:00   6.0 MPH

8:00 – 9:00   8.0 MPH

9:00 – 10:00   3.9 MPH

10:00 – 15:00   6.2 MPH

15:00 – 16:00   8.1 MPH

16:00 – 17:00   3.9 MPH

17:00 – 22:00   6.4 MPH

22:00 – 23:00   8.2 MPH

23:00 – 24:00   3.9 MPH

24:00 – 29:00   6.6 MPH

29:00 – 30:00   8.3 MPH

30:00 – 31:00   3.9 MPH

31:00 – 35:00   6.8 MPH

35:00 – 36:00   8.4 MPH

36:00 – 45:00   3.9 MPH @ 3% incline

Then I grabbed some Whole Food’s California Quinoa with a Cara Cara orange on the side…and a few Girl Scout Cookies. My favorite are Tagalongs. How about you?

Happy Hump Day 🙂

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