Missing my workout
I’ve been missing my workout lately. Actually, I’ve been missing a lot of things…writing on the blog included!
I went for a little over a week without a workout because I was just feeling terrible. It was hard to do anything, let alone think about working out. Seriously. It was one of the worst stomach bugs, and I didn’t even throw up. The first night, I was just so achy and everything hurt, then I was so nauseous, all I could do was lay down and sleep.
Luckily, I got some much-needed help from my family, so I could rest. Everyone is allowed some sick days, right? Even us moms.
So, now that I’m about at 98%, what do I do? I was used to going to the gym at least three times a week, but now I can barely walk around the grocery store. How do you get back into the routine once you’re feeling better? Or if you’ve never worked out, how do you start?
Start out with the basics
Before even attempting a workout, I just attempted regular household activities. I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned the bathroom…basically disinfected from my sickness. It also got me moving a bit, since I had been horizontal for a couple of days.
Food still had no appeal even after the worst was over, so I just had to force myself to keep drinking. Plain water didn’t taste too good either, so I drank a lot of tea. Hot tea, cold tea, and then water with lemon.
Ease into it
Once I felt like I could do normal things, like cleaning, going to the store, and chasing my toddlers around, it was time to start thinking of going back to the gym. At first, I had lost a bit of my motivation, but I also missed working out. I knew that I’d feel better if I just went to the gym. The first time back is the hardest, right?
It was an easier class that I have been to many times before. I was really gentle with myself, and allowed myself to take breaks, get water, and just re-accumulate to being active. I still broke a sweat, so I know I got a workout.
Take care of yourself after
I made sure to stretch out really well, took a hot shower to ease my muscles, and used a heating pad on my problem area…my lower back, from years of ballet. Plenty of rest for my body, including stretching, was on the schedule for the next day. No class, but I wouldn’t just lay around. Perhaps some walking or another low impact activity. Like chasing my twins! The following day I would try it all again.
By the end of the week, I was back in my boot camp class, which is the hardest one for me. I still wasn’t up to my full strength, but it felt good, and I didn’t hurt myself.
This week still won’t be back to my normal workout routine, but it’s getting closer. I certainly don’t want to hurt myself or pick up something else because my resistance is low, so I’m continuing to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take my vitamins.
So, how do you do it? How do you get back into working out?