I've got the following two questions concerning workouts and various aches and pains:
1) After Christmas, I decided to work out a bit more than I was before; I try to have two one-hour stints on the exercise bike each week, but I was hoping to add two 45-minute early-morning bouts on other days. Since I find jogging extremely boring, I tried running in place for 45 minutes in front of the TV. This itself went well, but I ended up with a pain along the top of my left foot. (In case it makes a difference, I'm somewhat overweight and I ran without shoes on a foam mat.) It's not a massive pain, but by now it's been there for more than two weeks. I've not run again after the first two sessions on a Monday and Wednesday morning, and I've not been on the bike much because we spent the last two weekends away - but the pain's still there. I feel it when I make sudden movements (e.g. slipping on the ice) and when I do anything that stretches or contracts the foot (e.g. putting on shoes). Because it's absolutely manageable and doesn't impair me in my everyday routines, I've not been to see a doctor, but I would quite like to get back to working out in one way or another, because those calories don't burn themselves. Any ideas/suggestions?
2) I've had a cold over the last week that's almost gone now, but "almost gone" is a state that my colds can easily keep up for a month or so. My sinuses are still a bit swollen, I have a runny nose and I cough occasionally. In that kind of state, does it make sense to work out (i.e. the occasional hour on the exercise bike) or is it better to wait until the cold's properly gone - which, as mentioned above, tends to take a while?
"Nothing is gonna save us forever but a lot of things can save us today." - Night in the Woods