Health/ Fitness

Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

I have been feeling a bit yuck the last few days, either I have a cold or my allergies are acting up. (Yup, I am totally looking for some sympathy here, lol)  When I am feeling stuffed up, despite wanting to lay around and feel sorry for myself, I generally feel better when I keep active.

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The general advice I’ve heard from doctors is if your symptoms are from the neck up (sore throat, coughing, runny nose, congested sinuses), it’s fine to participate in light exercising activities. You know your body, don’t push it too much but listen to the way you feel. Sometimes a workout is just what you may need to feel better!  Personally I get a lot of sinus headaches, and often after I exercise I feel a lot better!

If you are having symptoms that include muscle or joint pain, along with headache, fever, malaise (overall general feeling of yuck), diarrhea, or vomiting do not workout.  When in doubt, ask your doctor and listen to your body!

Please don’t go to the gym if you are sick. Not only could you pick up additional bugs while your immune system is already not at 100%,  but  you could also be spreading your germs to every one else. It is usually great to share, but not when it is germs!

Remember that after you are sick you might need to ease yourself back into a workout routine.  Don’t over do it since you might end up making yourself feel worse later on!  Listen to your body, get plenty of rest, and keep hydrated!

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