Should You Train When You’re Sick?

Everyone asks if they should workout while they are sick…
WELL.. how sick are you really?! A sore throat, achy muscles and a runny nose can make you miserable, but if you still have the energy to exercise, should you? Aside from infecting everyone else at the gym, what’s the real danger?

If you feel like you’re coming down with a cold, you can still exercise without limitations. If you begin to feel worse after your workout, however, cut back. Take a few days off or reduce your effort to 50% of your normal capacity. Walk for 15 minutes instead of running for 30 minutes, or do one set of lifting instead of five. Also keep in mind the above-the-neck rule: If your symptoms include a runny nose, dry cough, or sneezing, you should be fine to exercise. But if your symptoms are below the neck, such a chest congestion, muscle aches, upset stomach, etc., make sure to rest.

If you have a fever, stomach symptoms or the flu, stay home. There’s no need to workout if you are totally wiped out. Get to bed early, drink plenty of fluids and REST.

In conclusion, if you only have a cold.. GO but take it easy, maybe do some light cardio and lift a few weights to get your muscles pumping. You might even feel a little better afterwards!


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