So you’ve picked up a bug or something, and you’re not feeling that flash, but you still want to exercise? How do you know whether it’s a good idea or not?
There are a number of things that concern people when making this decision. First of all, if you rest until you’re fully recovered, you may risk losing some strength and fitness benefits. The short term ‘feel good’ factor of exercising is tempting, but if you work out whilst you’re sick, the quality of your workout is not likely to be as good and you may well prolong your sickness or make it worse. Also, think about those around you – no-one likes a constant sniffer in their yoga class, sneezers and runny noses on shared equipment, or to catch your bug!
Various websites (Livestrong.Com , Breakingmuscle.com and Mayo Clinic for example) all point to a similar philosophy
- Exercise is usually ok if your symptoms are all ‘above the neck’. A common cold, minor sore throat and so forth. If this is you, then consider reducing the intensity and length of your workout. Go for a walk for fresh air and movement, rather than a heavy gym session or hill run. You don’t want to make things worse!
- If your symptoms are ‘below the neck’ such as chest congestion, hacking cough, stomach troubles, fever, fatigue or widespread body aches, then definitely don’t exercise. Stay home, stay warm, rest up and see your doctor!
My mother always used to say if you’re well enough to go to sport practice, you’re well enough to go to school. Fair call. So, if you don’t feel up to socialising, studying or going to work, then it’s a pretty reasonable assumption you’re not well enough to exercise either.
Ultimately, your body is your guide. If you feel miserable, take a break, rest up and drink plenty of fluids. A few days off won’t do much to your performance. Resume your workout gradually, starting with low intensity and celebrate the small stuff.
For a limited time (31 July – 10 September 2017), the UC RecCentre is offering free badminton court bookings , so you can try it out.
Courts usually cost $10 per hour, but not during our promo period. All you’ll have to do is find a friend to play with, book a time, and then rustle up some equipment. We hire out rackets at reception for just $1.50. We rent shuttles for $1 and sell them (or just bring your own).
There are limits to availability, so call or visit reception to book your court.
Terms and Conditions
Weekdays between 6am and 12pm, and again between 2pm and 4pm, in the gymnasium only, subject to availability. Any bookings in the sportshall and/or outside of these hours attract normal court hire fees. Call reception and see if the timeslot you want is available!
Our normal T&C’s apply – you or anyone you play with must be over 16, have a membership or pay the casual visitor fee, and shoes and tops must be worn at all times.
Pink Shirt Day is a day to celebrate diversity and show support to reduce workplace bullying. So, that will explain the large numbers of UC staff wearing pink on Friday 26th May. At the RecCentre, we can’t wait until Friday, so we’re holding a super special Pink Shirt mega class on Wednesday 24 May and we’d love for you to be there!
What is a mega class, you ask? Multiple instructors and 90mins of exercise fun. We’ll rumble through the range of classes we offer at the RecCentre, for about 10mins of each. So don’t worry – if the thought of Zumba or HIIT frightens you, it will all be over quite quickly. Or who knows, maybe you’ll try it and end up discovering something new that you love! Dress up pink and be in to win prizes for best dressed. We’ve got spot prizes too!
Your RecCentre membership is free if you’re a UC student. If you’re not a member yet, sign up online now so we can activate your membership, or you can do it at the desk when you arrive.
Want to bring a friend, but they’re not a UC staff/student or member of the RecCentre? They can, but they will need to pay our usual $11 casual visitor fee, and be over 16yrs of age.
A quick recap…
Wednesday 24th May
5.10pm start time (so get here by 5pm)
90mins of awesomeness
PinkShirt Theme (optional but encouraged)
See you there (in pink!)