The winter vomiting bug has hit 83% more people than last year. If you are one of those unfortunate people who have been struck down with the virus, you will have probably had to spend a couple of days at home, taking the advice given by the experts. We are advised to drink plenty of fluids and try not to pass it on.
So, how soon can we get back to exercise? It is very important to ensure you are fully recovered and back to a normal pattern of eating before re starting your exercise programme. It would not be advisable to exercise until at least 48 hours after your symptoms have disappeared. This will ensure that you have replaced your energy stores and allowed yourself to become fully hydrated. If you feel at all dizzy or nauseous then stop and allow yourself longer recovery. Also, don’t be surprised if you find you have lost fitness; so return gradually – don’t get back into the gym expecting to be able to lift the same weights or do the same amount of cardio work. Make sure you get enough rest in between sessions as you may well be more susceptible to other bugs that are around.
For those who are not so motivated to exercise; it would be very easy at this time of the year to become a ‘lapsed’ exerciser following a dose of the norovirus. Whilst it is still important to return to exercise gradually, do make sure you have a goal to get back into the exercise habit. The New Year is always a popular time to set goals in terms of exercise – small, achievable steps seem to work best. So best wishes for a fit and healthy 2013!