Getting back into exercise after being struck down by the flu can be hard. With winter wrapping up and the flu season coming to an end, it is important to get your health back on track with regular exercise. The experts at House Call Doctor have put together some tips on how to approach working out after being unwell.
- Be sure you’re ready
Suffering from the flu is depleting. If you’re still experiencing fatigue, chest pains or trouble breathing, give yourself some more time. Working out too soon can setback your recovery and you risk spreading the illness to others. Your GP can always check your heart rate and blood pressure to make sure your body has healed.
- Start slowly and know your limits
After being knocked out with the flu, your muscles will be weaker than normal. Make sure you warm up tired, dormant muscles with a proper stretch. After activating your muscles, you’ll know if you are ready to continue with a workout. It is okay to take another rest day,and stretching your muscles is also beneficial to your health
If you notice heavy sweating, difficulty breathing or rapid heartrate during exercise it might be a sign you need to slow down.
- Have a recovery routine
Taking care of your body after exercising is important. Drink lots of water and replenish your system. Eat food high in potassium and magnesium to help repair your muscles, or soak in a warm Epsom salt bath if you can. Don’t be surprised if you need some extra rest after a few weeks off.
- Nourish your body
Once you start to get moving, you’ll need to refuel your body with iron and fibre. Dark leafy greens, lean meat and wholemeal gains are replenishing and energy boosting. Vitamin supplements may also help speed up the recovery of your immune system, but House Call Doctor recommends you ask your GP for any recommendations.
- Keep going
Doctors recommend 45 minutes of moderate exercise a day. A solid session at the gym four times a week will help keep you on top of your physical health and improve your mood. But there are also plenty of benefits if you simply head outside for a walk. It will also help you fight off future bugs.