Exercising While You’re Sick; Should You Do It?

For the passed 6 days I have been under the weather with bronchitis. But the good news, I am on the mend!! Exercise is always a part of my daily routine–except this week. I made the choice not workout  (I did work all weekend serving; so still moving)—until today because I am feeling MUCH better. I thought I’d shine some light on the topic of working out while you are sick.

Sick Dog

If you are sick, ultimately you need to give your body time to rest & recover before jumping right back into your regular workout routine.  That doesn’t mean you can’t workout all together. If you’re like me & you can’t sit still  there are some activities to get you moving if you have the energy to do so.  Walking, light jogging, yoga & tai chi can all help you stay active.

Fit people tend to recover from illness faster than those with a more sedentary lifestyle & often times have lesser symptoms as well. When you feel a cold or the flu coming on you can still continue with your workout routine.  If you start to feel worse after your workout it’s best to cut back. Reduce the time of your workout & the intensity.

Keep in mind the above-the-neck rule: if your symptoms include a runny nose, dry cough or sneezing you should be fine to exercise. Rest if your symptoms are below the neck, such a chest congestion, muscle aches, upset stomach, etc.

Stay home from the gym if you have a fever, stomach symptoms or the flu. If you’re fatigued there’s no reason to work out. Listen to your body. Plus, you’re contagious the first five to seven days. Rest allows your immune system to recover. When you feel as though your illness is passing, ease back into your workout regiment. Cut back on your cardio time & lifting resistance.  As the days continue after–gradually increase your time & resistance until your back to where you were before falling ill.

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