Feel Bad | Go Hiking

Do you feel bad? Go Hiking!

Yesterday I was feeling like I had a slight tickle in my throat, which was most likely congestion of some sort. Other than that I was feeling pretty good.

I woke up at 6 am and was at the trailhead ready for a beautiful hike at 7:45 am. Nothing had changed with my health but the congestion was still there. It wasn’t a full-on cough, but a slight tickle in my throat. At least that’s how I would describe it.

Mount Falcon Trailhead

It was a great hike in the snow in the Rocky Mountains at Mount Falcon, near Indian Hills, Colorado. The only issue was that the sky was mostly over cast, but it was still a gorgeous day.

Hiking Trails in Colorado | Mount Falcon

I felt great on the hike but as soon as I climbed into my truck, and turned on the engine, my head started burning up, the same way you would feel if you had a full on fever.

I was burning up and chilled all the way home and all evening. I headed to bed early and didn’t set my alarm as I was hoping some rest would help.

Sick at Home

I started sweating around 11 pm and I don’t think I stopped sweating until 3 am. I have learned through life experiences and some advice that sweating at night typically means your fever has broke.

I woke up feeling pretty much back to normal, except for a sore throat.

I decided to get my butt out of bed and head to work. I had to make a quick stop at Lowe’s and I started talking the cashier when checking out and I told here what had happened since my hike yesterday.

She’s the one that told me, “if you feel bad, take a hike.”

Great Advice

I thought that was a cool saying but I have to caution anyone who reads this that doing physical activity while feeling bad or after recovering from an illness, can make your illness worse or cause a relapse.

What I’m mostly referring to here is if you feel down emotionally, or have some congestion or a cold, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside by a nice warm fire, even though that sounds pretty awesome right about now.

I was following Body for Life many years ago and one of the things Bill Phillips said once was that you don’t have to stop working out just because you have a cold. You may not feel like working out but you don’t have to lie around on the couch or in bed.

I hope no one takes this as medical advice because I am an engineer and not a doctor or nurse, but I believe there is some truth that you can get up and do things but just make sure you are dressed appropriately and don’t exhaust yourself.

I guess the next best thing to do if you’re not feeling well, besides reading a book in front of a fire, is to take a scenic drive and at least see something beautiful.

Scenic Mountain Drive

I would love to hear your thoughts or Comments on this or send me an Email.

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24 thoughts on “Feel Bad | Go Hiking”

  1. Hi Rick. Hiking is a really nice sport to be involved in.

    Just like you, I am an engineer (Studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering). I have observed that it isn’t a good idea to stay at one place especially covered with a blanket or sitting close to fire or staying under the sun to long, 😆; I love staying under the sun whenever I am sick back then when I was a little boy.

    Nowadays whenever I feel sick, I either take a stroll or play a game or do something that will keep me active and busy and it has really helped me recover asap! I know this may not work for everyone tho but it works for quite a lot of people. As a matter of fact, it worked for you too 😉

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    • Thank you for the feedback and your personal experience.

      My parents always told me that getting outdoors was good for the soul, or something like that. It really does help to be physically active and to get out and enjoy nature.

      That reminds me of something else. Strokes run in my family and I had a light stroke back in 2013. I completely recovered from it but when I was researching how to reduce my risk of another stroke, I read that people that are more physically active tend to recover from a stroke more quickly and also have a reduced chance of a stroke.

      Interesting.

      Rick

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        • Thank you for the encouragement.

          I am watching what I eat and hiking a lot more in the Rocky Mountains, which definitely reduces my risk of having another one.

          Thanks for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment.

          Rick

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