November 12, 2013 posted by

6 Tips On Playing Through A Cold

6 Tips On Playing Through A Cold

I’ve written a lot about whether or not you should workout when you’re sick. The answer is generally no, and you can get into more depth reading this article. But there are times when no is not an option. One of those happened to me during the challenge. Here are some tips on playing through a cold.

1 Rest as much as you can. I morph into Satchel Page when I’m sick. The  baseball icon, who played professionally into his 50s, had  a conservation mantra when it came expenditure of effort. “Never run when you wan walk. Never walk when you can stand. Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lie down.” Your body always has only a certain amount of energy it can expend. When I’m ill and know I’ll be forced to use it elsewhere, my  default mode is on my back and every single opportunity.

2. Hyper hydrate. I’m a big fan of hydration anyway, but when I’m sick it borders on ridiculous. Water speeds things through your system and being hydrated allows your immune system to work less hard. The only risk of drinking too much water is hyponatremia, which is impossible when you consider tip #3.

3. Super supplement. Again, I take supplements in general but when I’m sick it all goes through the roof. It’s very hard–nearly impossible–to OD on vitamins and minerals. Still, I try and get as much as I can through whole food sources, like green drinks, juicing, and such. But I also add a ton of vitamin C, zinc, B vits, as well as all the “cold fighting” herbs you’ve heard of: echinachea, astragalus, elderberry, and so forth. I don’t always buy into the Airborne et al theory that you need this stuff all the time but many years of experience have shown me that it might help, and certainly doesn’t hurt, so I hammer down these nutrients just in case they work. I also up my electrolyte/salt intake as part of the hyper hydrate strategy.

4. Eat small snacks all day long. Stuff a cold, starve a fever comes into play but instead of pigging out, I graze constantly. Not only does this force less work on your digestive system, it ensures that you’re getting a steady stream of nutrients released into your system at all times.

5. Eat healthy. When I got sick as a kid I used it as an excuse to eat junk. It was practically the only time my parents allowed us to eat candy and soda, and we took full advantage. I guess that was their trick to get us to eat, since you’re appetite often suffers when you’re ill. But if I’m going to force feed myself it’s damn well going to be stuff that’s going to make me better. My favorite vices, beer, chips, ice cream, peanut butter pretzels, and such don’t even sounds good when I’m sick so I swap ’em out for green juices, raw veggies, yogurt and fruit, and protein drinks.

6. Save it for the game. In other words, don’t workout. Playing through, to me, usually means I have a physical event like a race, challenge, etc. But even if it’s not physical, but something like a presentation or big work meeting, you don’t want to do anything that takes away your limited reserves of energy. You brain burns calories, too. A lot of them. Added working out will only tap those reserves, reducing your chance of performing well.

Now let’s do the numbers…

Steve’ 53rd Birthday Challenge

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Beachbody Workout of the Day

Les Mills Combat HIIT 1 – If I want to box I’ll box, or do a martial art workout, so I don’t do any home “fighting” workouts. I do, however, like the Combat HIIT routines. They’re fairly hard but still fall into my “active recovery” category.

Synopsis – 53 routes and 5 fritters in progress by the time you see this, so today’s been another recovery day.

 Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) –   13 & 44 (398 questions and 2,213 pages) Charley Francis Training System.

Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1(43) – w/ water 
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3 1(1.3)
Days taking supplements: /53 – 1(42)
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 0(38)****
Days of no meat: /53 – 1(42)
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – round 6
King Pin fritters: /5 0(0)

Beachbody workouts: /53 –1(41)
Push-ups: /5300 – 100(4,1920)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 00(3,800)
Leg lifts: /5300 – 100(3,620)
Crunches: /5300 – 0(3,590)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 100(3600) [110,900]
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 0(54,000) [129,200]
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) [59,700]
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) [59,800]
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.   [125,500]
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) [68,100] 
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 –2(43)
Running drills: /53 – 2(42)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 2(42)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 0(8100)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 2(42)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(45) 
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  2(42)

5.11 Climbs: /5 2(6) [5]
5.12 Climbs: /3 1(2) [1]
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 0(5)
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 0(2)
Campus board movements: /530 – 00(471)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(280)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles 0(30) [74]
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 10(48) [205]
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(46)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles 0(20)
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles 0 (51) [30]
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Hiking: /53 miles –1(55) [10]
Running: /53 miles 0(44)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 0(5)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times 0(5)
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times 0(0)
Hours of travel 0(47)

Tasks for his wife: /53 – 1(45)
Chores around the house: /53 – 1(44)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Blog posts: /53 – 1 (43)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5 7(7)
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 1(6)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(42)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade

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