With Australia midst peak cold and flu season, new research by cold and flu brand Codral reveals 11.4 million Aussies are lacking motivation due to energy draining effects of cold and flu, with 6 million missing out on exercise due to a lack of energy.
Health and fitness expert, Sam Wood, is bucking the trend by sharing with Viw his flu-fighting workout guide to help cold and flu sufferers stay energised throughout the season.
Part-one: The neck check
Spend 5 minutes listening to your body and symptoms.
If your symptoms are above the neck, sniffles, blocked or runny nose, then you’re ok to do a low intensity workout.
If symptoms are below the neck, make sure to listen to your body and rest. Seek medical advice if needed and manage symptoms more effectively with over the counter products like Codral.
Part-two: Warm up (preferably in the sun)
10-minute warm up, ideally outdoors so that you can expose yourself to a dose of vitamin D. Make sure you keep warm in the cooler temperature with appropriate training gear:
10-minute walk or light jog
10-minute yoga to help concentrate on your breathing and relax the body
Part-three: Sweat it out (a little)
18 minutes of low intensity cardio to help boost circulation and regain energy:
Supported squats (10-20 reps)
Elevated push-ups (10-20 reps)
Glute bride holds (10-20 reps)
Reverse lunges (10-20 reps)
Planks (10-20 reps)
Repeat enough times to work up a sweat, without exhausting yourself (about four times for someone with an average fitness level).