Should I Workout When Sick
Preface…I’m not a certified trainer, nor a doctor. This info below is solely discovered to work for me, and I share it and what I’ve learned in my own research on the question, Should I Workout When Sick.
Thats the million dollar question isn’t it? You feel like junk, you may have been in bed for the past 2 days, fevers, snot, cough, and of course there is the #ManCold vs #WomanCold issue….you know the world is ending for a guy, and for women they get up and get things done, ie take care of the kids, make meals, other necessities….all the while the guy lays in bed and doesn’t move. LOL…but I digress, I had to describe what the scenario looks in the Burgan’s house.
Why do I write this? Well its been since Tuesday since I last pressed play on my fitness. Thats right, I have not worked out in 5 days. And thats okay. The body needs recovery time, and in the life of Eric, that is usually only Sunday. Not this time.
So I wanted to share some Q&A or even a few points on the subject of Should I Workout When Sick.
So I was digging around for info myself, and came across many different articles. The neatest thing I found was this good news: fit people recover from illnesses quicker and experience milder symptoms than couch potatoes, according to a 2011 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. – http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/45/12/987
I kind of figured this, due to a couple items…fit people’s nutrition is on target, healthy foods help combat these nasty bugs we get.
Q: When you feel a cold or flu coming on, should you change your regular workout routine? –
A: In all my reading I found this to be the best answer: Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, then it’s OK to exercise,” he says. “If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, and fatigue, then it’s time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside.” http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/exercising-when-sick
Q: What should you do when you’re in the midst of a cold or flu? (Does it help to “sweat out” a fever?) –
A: WebMD states – If you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, sit this one out. (http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/exercising-when-sick)
I know from my personal experience most recently on this past Tuesday…that it just intensified my dizziness and my in raising my body temp it brought on a heavier fever that evening. So lesson learned…if you feel like crap…just sit it out. The gym will be there when you feel recovered. Which leads me to the next question….when are you recovered, and when should you resume your routine?
Q: When should you resume your regular exercise routine after you’ve recovered? –
A: I read multiple articles on this, and it seemed that if you aren’t laid up with a fever, and some over the counter meds helped you combat the symptoms…then to do what you can, and if you can’t…simply don’t. In most of my workouts, the trainers, Tony Horton, ShaunT, Autumn Calabrese, and Sagi Kalev often say, listen to your body. I think that holds true when ill, or when you are getting over the sickness and want to start working out again.
Bottom line here are guidelines I picked up in my reading, and have used mainly with common sense over the years as I’ve been on my fitness and health journey.
Should I Workout When Sick
SYMPTOM TO EXERCISE GUIDELINES
IF YOU HAVE A:
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat only:
It is safe to exercise at low intensity levels.
- Dry cough
- Sore muscles
- Diarhrea then:
EXERCISE NOT RECOMMENDED, RESUME MORE INTENSE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WHEN COLD, OR INFECTION IS GONE.
Hope this info helps you as you push forward in your health and fitness journey.
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