Stretching when sick
We all know exercising is good for us right? But when we are sick it’s the last thing on our minds.
While rest is important to recovering from the latest and greats of super bugs your mini has so lovingly shared with you there are many health benefits to sweating out those toxins.
**I am not in any way a doctor or any sort of specialist in the way of anything medical.**
My family is recently recovering from the . . . INFLUENZA A . . . AHHHH! It came on sudden and left a past of empty tissue boxes and bottles of meds in it’s path. I will not admit that I had influenza A because my test was negative, however I felt like death was upon me. After a few days of death and high fevers things started to make a turn for the better. It takes a lot to bring this momma down and this one brought me down.
At our family follow up visit, with the exception of the hubs he’s a freak of nature and escaped the plague of death, I inquired to our doctor when the kids would finnnnally be able to return back to school and other activities.
The doctor said they were all clear to get back into our regular schedule including sporting activities. She even made mention that some exercise may even help with the lingering symptoms disappear quicker. So that got me to thinking, you know how you feel after a reeeally good work out, you know that one that you know you’re going to feel the next day but damn did it feel good while you were doing it? Yea I needed one of those to kick this super bug attempting to take residence in my body.
After the worst of the symptoms had passed I headed to my studio to kick this bug, literally. Side note: I did read that “working out” while you have a fever can be dangerous so I am not encouraging that in any way. I am one of those people that if I don’t do stretching and some dance of sorts I will feel worse, I will feel my muscles start to tighten and that’s no fun especially when you don’t feel great to start.
Below you will find some of my favorite stretches to help my body feel good.
- Straddle or also know as a “V” seat: I sit in my straddle and reach for my left foot and hold for 20 seconds and then my right foot for 20 seconds, then to the center for 20 seconds. Next I stretch my opposite arm up over my head for each side and hold for 20 seconds.
- Side stretches.
- “Rag Doll” this is a yoga pose that stretches your back muscles.
- “Child’s pose” another yoga stretch that is one of my favorites just to get the muscles stretched.