It’s official, the cold bug is sexist. Man colds are for real, apparently. And in other news..Intermittent fasting, working out in the mornings and sleep is the best medicine. Read on!
Man Colds Exist?
Apparently men suffer more than women when it comes to the common cold. How is this possible? Well according to Dr. Amanda Ellison, men’s brains are more sensitive to higher body temperatures. When struck with the common cold, men not only run a higher temperature (to kill the cold bug) but we are also more sensitive to it, which explains why we feel rough during the cold. You can find the article here.
Speaking of colds…treat it with sleep!
I’m actually fighting one now. For some, it’s about running around through your day and hoping that you’ll just work through it. For others, myself included, that’s not really my preferred option. I’ve tried to work through colds, go through my regular routine, continue to hit the gym, but it manages to just catch up to me eventually. My go to remedy – sleep. I limit exercise, increase food consumption and go to bed early.
Think of it as reserving and restoring my ‘energy tank’ Your body needs energy to fight off the bug, so I’ll do whatever I can do support this. better than take cold medications that get you through the day, but ultimately you’re draining your body of the energy it needs to fight off the bug.
Flipped the Switch – Workout in the AM!
Well, for the last 4 years or so, I have always done my workouts in the evenings, either after work or late afternoon. The biggest reason for this? Energy levels was highest at this point, and my body is fairly warm already. I can lift heavy, keep the intensity high and I just felt more confident with my body.
And now I’ve completely switched this up and I’m up at 6am to tackle my workouts in the morning. My energy levels aren’t as high and my joints are a little creaky ..and of course I’m a little groggy. But I’ve managed to battle through this. The secret? Going to bed early helps. I do find that I will need to incorporate a warm up (or a warm up set) before I go head on.
Why did I switch this up? For one, I think it’s healthy to change things up once in a while. Whether that be to try a new hobby, sport, or just putting yourself in unfamiliar situations. Change is good and change is healthy. If you’re not changing, you’re stagnating. Like how the weather changes every season, there should be seasonal changes in our lifestyle..sometimes you hit things really hard, other times you ease up, sometimes you analyze. So for me, working out in the morning was a great way to shake things up .
For two – I wanted to know what life is like when you wake up so early. It has some advantages. I feel like I’m getting more done, my days start better and I feel more ‘present during the day. I am now experiencing what life is like for a morning person, especially on the weekends, grabbing coffee and just relaxing in the morning. You can also run errands at this time before anyone else and you beat all the line ups.
The drawback? Well, staying up late is incredibly difficult for me now. I’m in bed by 10pm (if not a bit earlier). And I have to be more careful and aware of my body when lifting fairly heavy weights early in the morning. I can see myself tweaking my back or a knee with the simplest off angle movement.
For now, I’m quite enjoying the morning workouts. I will, of course, keep you posted. My point on this – change things up! I’m not necessarily talking about working out – I’m talking about your life, life schedule, or whatever the case may be. Change is good, change is fun and change is refreshing. Even if it doesn’t work out for you, at least you tried and can, without a doubt, rule it out and move on to the next thing.
Life is only monotonous and boring if you let it. Life should be dynamic and is constantly in flux. There’s so much happening around you at every moment. Have fun with this.