3 Tips to Navigate Through Illness*

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, By Jordie Rowe

Regular physical activity promotes overall general health on many levels both physically and mentally, including boosting the immune system and positively influencing metal health.

But what are you supposed to do when you are sick or feeling unwell? Are you supposed to sweat it out and push through those feelings? Or are you supposed to rest and listen to your body?

Here are my top 3 tips below to help you navigate this common question.

Tip 1: Don't get frustrated.

The best thing when you are sick is not to get frustrated or upset with yourself. Making sure you get back on track should be of the highest importance, don't let something that you can't control ruin your progress and how far you have come. Understand that it is something that is out of your control so the best thing to do is be positive and focus on recovery and getting better!

Tip 2: Listen to your body.

Listening to your body is just as important. When you're sick, your body is trying to tell you to rest and recover. By going against this and 'pushing through', you can ultimately be making it worse for yourself. Your health is an important asset, it's not worth risking a longer recovery for one exercise session is it?

Tip 3: Prioritise your nutrition.

You may not have full control over your exercise regime, however you can still make conscious choices when it comes to your nutrition.

A common question asked is whether you should decrease your calorie intake when sick. And well, the answer is no! Your body needs extra energy for recovery, so reducing your intake isn't going to give your body the fuel it needs to fight and get better. Think about consuming nutrient dense whole foods as these hold essential vitamins and minerals that will be helpful for a speedy recovery!

Don't rush your recovery, take an opportunity to recharge, reflect and reset for when you are feeling like you are ready to get back into it. Just remember, the comeback is always greater than the setback!

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

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