Working Out When You Are Sick—Yes or No?
Does this sound like you? You are so focused on your workout routine. You rarely miss a day. You like the results you are getting and the strides you have made. Then Whammo— You start to feel a little sluggish, not quite 100 percent. A little achy.. then a sneeze—then another. UH OH you are sick. Then you ask yourself—Should I be working out?
The answer depends on what ails you. Exercising with a cold may be OK, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the gym is a really bad idea.
Having a fever is the determining factor. The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker If you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, stay home.
Be smart and listen to your body. Do what you can and if can’t do it then don’t. If you have got a bad case of the flu and can’t lift your head off the pillow, then chances are you won’t want to hit the stair master.
The general rule is that if it is just a little sniffle and you take some medications and dont feel so sick, it’s OK to work out. But if you have any bronchial tightness, then don’t work out!
A neck check is a way to determine your level of activity during a respiratory illness, If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, then it OK to exercise. 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 end.
An uncomplicated cold in an adult should be totally gone in about seven days
A flu that develops complications such as bronchitis or sinusitis can last two weeks, The symptoms of cough and congestion can linger for weeks if not treated. The flu, even if uncomplicated, can make you feel pretty rotten for 10 days to two weeks.
It’s one thing if you decide to exercise when sick, but how do you keep from spreading it to others in the gym? And what about you if they are the ones exercising with a cold?
Be careful that you are not blowing your nose constantly. And you should be using a towel and putting it down on every surface you touch and wiping it off when you are done.
The benefit of washing your hands cannot be overstated. Wash your hands before and after using the restroom, before meals, after using public transportation, and after returning home from school or work.
Also carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel in your gym bag to use when you realize that you have come into contact with someone who is sneezing or coughing.
Pay attention to your body. If you think you are too sick, chances are you are right. Stay home. Get into bed. Have some soup. And watch your favorite movie. The gym will still be there when you are well enough to return.