Tis the season. Everyone around you is sick including yourself. So the real question is, “how did I get sick?” Can we blame the shift in temperature, the people who are sick around us, or the old wise tale of our hair being wet when going outside? Getting sick is just part of life, but what I really want to address is those who continuously get sick, week after week.
A few years back, I was that person and I never knew why. I ate healthy and always took care of my body. It would kill me to see the progress I made in the gym, only to start over again after being sick for a week. It was something I dealt with and it soon became the norm. I just continued to get back on the horse and hit the gym extra hard to make up for lost time.
Bam! That was the problem! If only I was as educated as I am now.
Sometimes we don’t need a doctor to diagnose the underlying cause, rather we just need to look at our daily habits. During this time I was struggling with deaths in the family (stress), school (stress), career choices (stress), and various other things a “Type A” person deals with throughout the year. Everything was go,go,go and no down time.
So, why did such a healthy habit like going to the gym affect my immune system? Simple, stress. Exercise is another stress we put on our bodies. Exercise can be a positive stress, but when used in the wrong way it can further weaken your immune system. Hammering it six to seven times a week, with occasional double days, can be a formula for a crappy immune system and adrenal fatigue.