Everyone’s been through it. You wake up one morning and you’re feeling a bit under the weather. You debate on whether you should carry on with your workout (business as usual) or if you should stay in bed and hang up the running shoes for a bit. Figuring out when and when not to workout while sick can be a pretty tricky decision. Don't worry, we have a few simple tips and tricks that will make it easier to make that determination.
Exercising With A Cold
Doctors agree that it is perfectly fine to exercise with a cold. In fact, most doctors seem to think exercising can make those who are sick feel better, if they are already involved in a regular exercise routine. A cold focused in the head is usually mild and it may be beneficial to workout. Sore throats, a clogged head, or runny nose are generally pretty mild symptoms that could be helped by getting in the gym and running.
Doctors advise taking it a bit easier, and listening to your body when you are sick. Most seem to agree you should only do what you feel up to doing, and should avoid pushing your body too hard while ill. Even a mild illness requires your body's resources to fight off, so pushing yourself in the gym could take precious resources away from fighting the illness.
When Not To Exercise
While many doctors seem to agree that exercising with a mild cold is probably a good thing, exercising when you are much sicker is not advisable. Doctors say exercising with a fever is a bad idea. When you exercise, you raise your internal body temperature. This is fine when you are at optimal health, but if you already have a fever, raising your core temperature more can make you even sicker.
Experts also advise against working out when you have a respiratory illness that has settled below the neck. If you have bronchial tightness, a cough, body aches and fatigue, it is best to wait out the symptoms before returning to your normal exercise regime. It is also a good idea to avoid a new exercise routine while you are in the throes of an illness.
If you are interested in learning more about exercise and listening to your body, contact Ralph Roberts. Ralph Roberts is a personal trainer in Amarillo with years of experience working with a wide demographic of people at all different fitness levels. He can answer all of your fitness questions and help you get the body you've dreamed of.
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