Thankfully as of now my cold is 98% gone but it was such a long stretch of waking up feeling like there were knives in my throat. I don’t really like complaining about colds because as we know they are pretty common (I laughed out our writing this #dadjoke) and there are obviously SO MANY WORSE ailments out there, but colds are just annoying. As I was whining about my sore throat for the 15th day in a row, my coworker asked me what I did when I was sick to get better because she knows I’m a fairly busy person who doesn’t like to slow down!
I started to go through an answer for her in my head but as I began thinking about how I SHOULD have been battling the cold I realized I had literally done none of those things. I was whining about smelling like cough drops and used tissue when I was doing nothing in my power to actually get rid of my cold… no wonder it lasted 15 days.
Here is what I should have done to get the common cold out of my system faster:
- Rest rest rest. Get at least 8-10 hours of sleep EVERY night no matter what.
- Slow down on the workouts… you probably won’t PR when you can’t breathe.
- Drink lots of extra fluids, which means even more than the 4L of water you seem to drink noramlly.
- Don’t schedule a lot of social activity to prevent people around you from getting sick and to rest at home.
Here is what I actually did to get rid of my cold:
- Sleep the same or less than I did without a cold. SO MANY HOLIDAY PARTIES.
- Up the intensity of the strength workouts to get the maximum strength you can before the new year when your training plan changes.
- Beer is fluid right?
- I tried to hang out with as many people as possible over the holidays. Sorry everyone, you probably got that annoying sore throat from me.
My cold probably would have been gone in a few days if I had just rested and slept well but instead I tried to keep up with my regular schedule. To be fair, I’m not one to just lay in bed at the onset of a minor cold, I’m more of a power-through girl, but after two weeks I probably should have taken the hint.
Next time There will be no next time, but if there were, clearly I need to learn how to be sick and get over it faster. I rarely get sick (get your micronutrients kids) and when I do I don’t like to be slowed down by it but there comes a time where rest > being sick for over two weeks. Happy January, hopefully the fact that it is suppose to be -15 or colder for the next two weeks means the cold will kill all the germs. #science
What do YOU do to get over a cold?
Medicine or natural remedies?
At what point do you call it quits on a workout?