Now that flu season is upon us, we know that our athletes are going to have to make a decision – when your nose starts to run, should you? January can feel like one of the worst times to get sick, especially when you’re motivated to start cutting weight, or training for the CrossFit open, which is less than a month away!
Of course, many of our athletes want to know how to get better, faster when they’re feeling poorly. Unsurprisingly, they probably already know how! Flu recovery tips aren’t unlike workout recovery tips!
1. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated isn’t just critical for muscle recovery – if you’re suffering from a fever or stomach bug, it can be lifesaving! Making sure you maintain proper hydration can help flush toxins from your system, and keep your body operating so it can rid whatever infection it’s fighting off. Even if you’re not exercising, drinking a sports drink can be particularly helpful if you’re unable to hold down food or need to rest for extended periods of time. The added electrolytes, sugar, and calories can keep your body running so you don’t get worse.
2. Eat foods that will work for you
Chicken soup isn’t just a go-to food because it makes us feel good, it’s also packed with veggies, nutrients, and bone broth to help you on your way to recovery. Try to avoid foods that you’d normally eat when cutting weight, people tend to drop several pounds when they’re sick because recovery is an energy exhaustive process. Make sure to focus on nutrient dense food that can help you get better, not set you back
Rest may seem like an obvious one, but it could be what’s hurting you too. Some people will take a sick day from work and still bustle around the house as if they’re well! We understand your time is precious, but when you need to rest with the flu, we really mean rest. Take your time to sleep and start light activity after the worst is over.
4. Active recovery
This is what we were talking about when we said “after the worst is over.” Staying still may be stressful to people, especially our hardcore athletes who want to kill it every day. So, once your fever has broken, or you don’t feel so bad – why not consider active recovery? This might mean doing the dishes, or doing a yoga workout in the living room – the most important thing about active recovery is this: do only what you can! You won’t be helping yourself if you try too much too fast – so take it easy.
5. Minimize stress
And by far, the most important tip to getting better, faster, is minimizing stress. Stress can wreak havoc on your recovery, making you feel worse overall. If you are feeling weak, it does not mean you have lost strength, and it does not mean you will be worse when you return to the box (although if you don’t recover properly, you will be!) Truly take this time to listen to your body and do what feels good. You truly need it.
We hope these tips will help you recover quickly so we can see you in the box soon! However, it absolutely goes without saying, if you feel unwell, please stay home. We love to see you, but we don’t want you spreading your germs to the other athletes, or worse, getting more sick yourself!