Saturday, February 18, 2017

Should You Exercise When You Are Sick?

So you woke up with a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. Is this an excuse to skip your morning exercise? Can you exercise when felling ill? Well the short answer is it depends on the following.

1. Do you have a fever?
2. Are you vomiting?
3. Severe muscle aches?

If you have any of the three then yes you should skip exercising until you free better. Especially if you go to a gym. The last thing you want is to pass your cold around. Exercising when you are truly sick with flu like symptoms can cause more bad than good.

However if your feeling a little under the weather than working out can have the benefits of keeping you on schedule and not breaking your routine. We all know how easy it is to take a break from exercising and how hard it is to get back in the groove. So don't let the sniffles and a cough keep you from working out, just follow these guidelines.

1. Instead of going to the gym. Stay home and do some body weight exercises.
2. If going to the gym take a decongestant and be sure to wipe down all the equipment you touch.
3. Scale back your exercises. Use lower weights and reps and shorten you workout routine.

Surprisingly you may even feel better after a workout than you did before. Exercising can open up your airways and get the blood flowing. The best advice I can give is to listen to your body. If you are well enough to go to work you're well enough to exercise. Just take it easy for a couple of days.

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