Should You Workout When You're Sick?
Everyone is bound to get sick from time to time no matter how healthy you are. Serious fitness enthusiasts and athletes hate to have their training schedules interrupted by pesky illnesses, that heaven forbid erode our gains and add unwanted pounds.
Here are some general guidelines to help you navigate your physical output when you're sick. First and foremost, always listen to your body. If you feel like you need bedrest then obey what your body is trying to tell you, shut it down and tune out. This can often be the fastest way to getting back to your ass kicking ways. Resting will help your immune system recover and you can work on increasing your Vitamin C and fluid intake. You can also catch up on your favorite shows while eating some delicious chicken noodle soup while in bed.
Here's the Rundown:
The general consensus is that if your symptoms are above the neck, like nasal congestion, sore throat, and sneezing you can workout. Don't overdo it and just do some maintenance training sessions until you're all better. Don't try to set any PR's. Light training can actually make you feel better and open up your nasal passages.
Remember that strenuous exercise affects your Central Nervous System so don't do to much. Decrease your training intensity and training time when you're sick.
If you have an illness below the neck like a fever, cough, or a stomach illness you shouldn't workout. Bedrest is the way to go. You need to recover and let your body heal. If you workout you can make your fever worse and increase your chances of becoming dehydrated.
Always check with your doctor about any health concerns prior to engaging in a workout program.
Common sense wins the day as usual. Don't workout if you have the flu or body aches. You're usually dizzy and in a weak state so don't hurt yourself. Rest and recover and let your body do what it does best, heal itself. Most of us are sleep deprived so catching up on some much needed rest is the best way to give your body what it's asking for. In many cases this is why we get sick in the first place, so recharge and feel better. You'll be back to 100% in no time with a little self care.
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