“I’m sick! Should I work out? What can I do if I’m sick?”

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I spent the entire weekend in bed with the stomach bug from hell after missing out on a LOT of sleep in the past week. Did I workout? Hells no! I rested, drank fluids, and spent time watching Buffy and Veronica Mars marathons. My kitties were incredibly upset at my absence and I owe them a kitty cuddle movie night, but I badly needed the rest. No workouts for me!

Whether or not you should workout when you’re sick depending on a few things:

  1. What the illness is and its symptoms
  2. How severe the illness is
  3. The type of workout you’re looking to do

Here’s the problem: the same system that helps your body to fight off a cold or a bug is the same system aids in recovery during and after a workout. To tax it would be the same thing as overtraining and would produce the same results. It would also potentially prolong the illness and make it even worse.

If you’re fighting allergies and/or sinus issues, I’ve found that getting the blood circulating helps to clear the passageways and boost the immune system. The key is to listen to your body and not overdo it. I used to spend all winter with sinus and ear infections until I began working out regularly, now I hardly get them at all. I now average getting sick only 1-2 times per year as opposed to several times, especially during the winter. So exercising can be a preventive measure as well provided you are NOT overtraining and are taking care of yourself, getting plenty of rest, etc.

However, if you have a genuine bug with a fever, vomiting, upset stomach, GI issues, etc., you are far better off taking a rest day or two and going easy on yourself. I had a temperature of 101 and the bathroom became a frequent companion, which meant no, no, no workouts. None. I burned all of 1500 calories on Saturday by lying down all day and I had to suck it. So must you!

I am personally the sort of individual that once I get run down for any reason for a few days: lack of sleep, stress, etc I can pretty much expect that if I don’t nip it in the bud soon, my immune system will be compromised and my chance of illness is heightened. So get your zzz’s, take a rest day every so often–even if it’s an active rest day that involves walking or yoga–and remember that rest and recovery is just as important as working out.

I’ll leave you all with this handy image of a list of when NOT to workout, when it is okay, and what forms are good:

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Don’t let summer run away from you – join one of my fitness challenge groups!

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Here are the fitness challenge groups I have going on RIGHT NOW:

PiYo - free shipping until August 11th!

PiYo is a fantastic program by the creator of TurboFire, Turbo Jam, and ChaLEAN Extreme which combines yoga, pilates, and strength training. As of this blog post, I’m halfway through the program and LOVE it! Learn more about PiYo here.

3 Day Refresh

The 3 Day Refresh program is a great way to jump start nutrition goals, recover from bad eating habits or a weekend binge, and more! And with NO starvation, juicing, or any of that crap. Learn more about 3 Day Refresh here!

Body Beast - on sale 40-50% off!

Body Beast is a terrific strength training program for people looking to gain muscle, shed body fat, and more! Learn more about it and the huge sale on all Body Beast products here.

Brazil Butt Lifton sale 33% off!

I absolutely love this program and can’t say enough good things about it. It’s dance, it’s cardio, it’s strength training, and it gets RESULTS. It also prepared me for the Insanity program. :D Check out more about it and the sale here.

Focus T25fitness challenge pack on sale for month of August!

This is Insanity in 25 minutes. Insanity is no joke, but the workouts can be lengthy. Eliminate the excuses and get this workout! More info here.

10 Minute Trainer - fitness challenge pack on sale for month of August!

Can’t do 25 minutes? How about ten? This is an easier version of P90X in 10 minutes; in fact I’ll call it P90 or Power 90 in 10 minutes. Totally doable and gets the results you’re looking for. Learn more about it here.

 

As you can see, I have a little something for everyone. I even have a purely nutritional fitness challenge group which focuses on drinking Shakeology to get your daily dose of dense nutrition and clean eating, so if you don’t know where to start I recommend joining me there.

The steps to join one of these challenge groups is as follows:

  1. Buy one of the programs from me through the links in this blog post
  2. Add me to your Facebook if you don’t have me on there already: http://www.facebook.com/andreaberman

Once I see you’ve done both, I will add you to my private fitness challenge group on Facebook where you and others will help to motivate each other and keep each other on track!

The August fitness challenge pack sales are here!

Great news! Two of the fastest workout programs–one is 25 minutes long and the other is 10–are both on sale in their fitness challenge packs!

 

Focus T25:

Shaun T is the same trainer who brought you Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, and Insanity: the Asylum. This is essentially a better version of the Insanity program in MUCH less time!

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25 MINUTES. 5 DAYS A WEEK. 100% RESULTS.

The only thing standing between you and the results you
want is TIME.

Shaun T experimented for the last year to design a program that delivers the same kind of results you’d expect from an hour-long program, in under 30 minutes. He’s pulled out the rest to give you everything you need, nothing you don’t.

The result is FOCUS T25—and the name implies the intent: If you focus your intensity for 25 minutes, and you do it 5 days a week, you WILL get results.

 

View the T25 preview video

10 Minute Trainer:

Tony Horton is the trainer behind Power 90, P90X, P90X2, P90X3, and soon to be released P90. This is P90 or Power 90 in 10 minutes.

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NO MORE EXCUSES.

Does finding time to lose weight seem nearly impossible? Try 10-Minute Trainer®. This program is designed with one thing in mind: better results in less time. Give superstar trainer Tony Horton just 10 minutes, he’ll give you the body you want.

In 10-Minute Trainer, Tony put his most effective moves into a series of power-packed total-body workouts. His breakthrough Super Stacking™ Technique combines fat-burning cardio, body toning and sculpting, and ab moves, adding resistance bands for even faster results. In just 10 minutes of Tony’s Super Stacking you can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of jogging. With 10-Minute Trainer, you have no more excuses!

View the 10 Minute Trainer preview video

 

There are also two additional programs on sale:

Brazil Butt Lift

Hands down, one of my favorite Beachbody workout programs. If you’re a fan of dance cardio but also want some strength training this will be great for you!

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THE SUPERMODELS’ SECRET TO A PERFECT BUTT.

We’re not all lingerie and bikini supermodels. But who says we can’t learn their secrets to getting a firm, lifted butt? Leandro Carvalho, trainer to famous supermodels, combines Brazilian dance, cardio, and his own signature lower-body sculpting moves to help you make your booty your best feature.

Leandro’s proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of the buttocks from multiple angles to lift your butt, reduce your hips and thighs, and tone those stubborn trouble zones.

 

 

View the Brazil Butt Lift preview video

Body Beast

This workout is a beast and it WILL get you the results. Everyone from vegan to paleo can do it! If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian and want to know how, ping me.

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MAN UP. HULK UP. IN JUST 90 DAYS.

Pack on up to 20 pounds of muscle in 90 days with Body Beast™. Created by renowned bodybuilder Sagi Kalev, it uses breakthrough sports science to get you big, while cutting fat to carve your physique like no other home training system—ever. Sagi pushes you to the edge to get you pumped out of your mind. With his help, you’ll learn how to train, eat, and live like a Beast.

View the Body Beast preview video

 

 

Getting fit the fun way in the summertime

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I was invited to participate in Raise.com’s “Summer Fit” campaign. Summer is honestly my favorite season. I love the sun, the heat, and the opportunity to visit my favorite beaches.

I spend a good chunk of time outdoors in the summer. I love going out for morning runs, long walks into Cambridge and downtown Boston, and spending time walking along the beach.

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One of the places I like to visit in the summer is Hampton Beach. The trick is to get there early enough to be able to get a parking spot. Once that’s secured, I spend much of the day walking along the beach and on the boardwalk:

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I try to soak up as much vitamin D as possible–given plenty of spray on SPF 100, of course–before the winter months hit New England.

Here are my list of summer must-dos and haves:

  1. Sunblock! I am a fair skinned, freckled redhead. I forget sunblock and I burn VERY badly, very quickly.
  2. Water! You should be drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, and in hot weather and exercise this needs to be upped.
  3. Electrolytes! Following the above, getting your electrolytes in is a good idea. You can buy special water for that or additives to put in your water.
  4. Getting outside! I go for walks during my lunch breaks at work; it gets me out of my chair and active besides.
  5. Morning runs! Better than caffeine and there’s just something about being outside in summer mornings which is so refreshing.
  6. Long walks! I hit the farmer’s markets, stores, window browse, beaches, you name it.
  7. Good footwear! Wearing the appropriate footwear for either walking or running is crucial.
  8. Fresh fruit and veggies! Take advantage of the the summer season and hit up your local farmer’s market for good, fresh produce which is good for you.
  9. Playlists! I take my iPod Touch wherever I go and have some great playlists to keep my energy level up.

Raise.com is a marketplace to buy and sell gift cards for all of your fitness needs. They offer branded gift cards on their site to help you with your workout purchases–whether it be for gear, clothing, footwear, or even technical gadgets. Go check them out!

Don’t let the weekend jeopardize your fitness goals!

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From Monday to Friday, we have a routine due to our busy work lives and often it’s easiest to stay on track with our nutrition and exercise during that time. On weekends, it’s entirely too easy to slip up, binge on unhealthy foods at parties and gatherings, and throw out the rule book entirely.

You don’t have to deprive yourself, but you don’t have to kill your fitness goals entirely every weekend, either. Stay on track by remembering to drink plenty of water, eat lots of veggies, fruit, and whole grains, and when presented with options that are less than healthy either passing them up for healthy food instead, swapping them out with a healthier version, or picking one thing to eat in moderation and leave the rest.

I’m a firm believer in the 80-20 rule: eat healthy 80% of the time and 20% of the time allow for reasonable indulgences. Same holds true for weekend. Don’t do 80% unhealthy or worse yet, 100%! Remember your “whys” and your motivation for living a healthier life.

And then, have an ice cream sundae on occasion. :)

Happy weekend!

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