Even the healthiest people get sick sometimes. For me, as a Pilates instructor and workout nut, it is so frustrating to take a break. For one, I hate to cancel classes and disappoint my students. Also, I like working out. I like sweating, getting my heart rate up, and feeling my body work hard. But I have learned from experience to not push myself too hard. A couple years ago I kept right on teaching through ear and sinus infections. It ended up in a less than ideal situation that left me with double ear infections, a deep sinus infection, and a jumble of nerves and anxiety. My body needed a break and was going to get it.
This week, starting Sunday, I felt exhausted and nauseous. By Wednesday I had a sore throat and the kind of body aches that go along with a fever. I headed to the doctor and found out my ears are as close to being infected as they can be with tubes in them. Plus I am getting over a virus that was causing the sore throat. So, I cancelled my classes last night. I couldn't find subs but I still knew I needed to take the night off. Eat some fattening food. Get lots of fluid. So I did.
Today, I was back teaching Pilates. But left out my normal sprinting practice. I will teach Reformer and Yoga tonight and that will be it. I will cycle a bit tomorrow and hopefully be ready for a long run on Sunday.
Being back in Pilates today felt great! I was a little more tired than normal, but it was nice to workout again. As a trainer I have seen many students call off because they were sick only to get knocked completely off and never return. I can see how easy that would be if it's not your job to work out :)It's scary. Will you go back to soon? Will you make yourself sick again? Every body is different, and if you have a major illness, always ask your doctor first. But, speaking from experience, you gotta jump right back in! Take a couple days to recuperate and make sure you are well hyrdrated. Pick an easy class or an easy workout. Stop early if you need to. But most of the time I feel even better once I have gotten that first workout in.