Should You Exercise While You’re Sick?

Should You Exercise While You’re Sick?

📅January 14th, 2015, 08:22

We’ve all been there. You’ve been training hard for your next big event when suddenly you wake up with some kind of sickness. When training has been going well, the last thing you wanted to happen is to get sick. What do you do? Continue with your training schedule and try and get through it? Or do you sit this one out?

precision-nutrition-exercise-when-sick-featureThe answer really depends on what’s bothering you. If you just have the sniffles it is probably ok to continue with exercise, but if you have a fever, trying to workout is a big mistake. Exercising with a fever elevates your temperature internally even more and can risk making the sickness worse and could cause internal damage. If you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, you should definitely sit your next session out. It is also good to note what type of sickness you are dealing with. If you just have a head cold that includes nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat and watery eyes, then you’re probably ok to lightly exercise. If your symptoms are oriented elsewhere as in bronchial tightness, productive coughing or body aches, then it is just another sign that you should take it easy.

If you are feeling good enough to get some exercise in, try adjusting your workout to be more manageble for your body. If you were planning on a run, go for a walk instead. Maybe forget the run altogether and do a regenerative exercise like Yoga or Pilates. They are both easy on the body and immune system. After your Yoga session, jump in the infrared sauna at Recharge and set it to detox to help flush out and revitalize your system! However, only use it if you don’t have a fever.

The most important thing to think about is your overall health and well being, which should always take priority over training. If you focus on getting healthy and resting you will get rid of the sickness faster and get back to your training routine sooner rather than delaying it from overtraining and destroying your immune system. So bottom line, listen to your body! #youbetter

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