An active lifestyle is one of the top reasons why outdoor enthusiasts seem to enjoy good health. But even the healthiest people get sick at some point. Some of them just deal with feeling unwell different from others. They may even choose to ignore symptoms to push through with whatever outdoor activities they have in mind. There are instances, however, when it is ill-advised to keep going when the body clearly needs a rest. The best thing to do is to take time to rest and recover before heading outdoors for some fun adventure.
1. Heed what your body tells you. Listen to your body. Slow down and pay attention to what your body may be telling you. Take the time to rest, if you think that is all you need. Or you can visit your doctor for a check-up. Avoid overexerting yourself if you are feeling a bit run-down. And make sure to get your doctor’s advice if you can proceed with what may be a physically challenging outdoor adventure.
2. Adjust your fitness routine. Regular exercise or any activity that keeps you moving can improve your health and keep common illnesses such as colds at bay. While exercising with a cold may not be the cure that would make you better instantly, it can help in maintaining the efficiency of your immune system in fighting diseases.
3. Take time to rest and recover. Too much of anything can’t be a good thing. The same principle applies any outdoor activity. You have to give your body time to rest and recover. Your muscles need time to build and repair. Not taking enough time to rest and recover can also take its toll to your immune system. Make sure to get plenty of rest and refrain from over-straining your body when you are feeling under the weather.
4. Spend time at home. Avoid going out or exercising at the gym if you have colds. You can do some light workouts at home or somewhere with little chance of getting in contact with many people. This is to avoid spreading your illness to others.
Outdoor activities can help you stay fit and healthy. But there are days when your body may not be up to the physical demands of the adventures you love. You have to learn to listen to your body, especially when you’re suffering from colds or other chronic illnesses.