Working Out When Sick – To Push Through or Crawl Back into Bed?

Working Out When Sick – To Push Through or Crawl Back into Bed?

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Now normally I would find any excuse to not hit the gym and stay in bed all day long, but for the past month I have been on a mission to become fit and fabulous. Granted, I have yet to give up my multiple cheat days and beer. After all, this blog is not about crash diets or killing yourself at the gym twice a day. Instead I am in search of finding the perfect balance between being in shape and living life. As healthy as I have been, it was bound to happen at this time of year… I developed a cold.

Although diet and exercise has been shown to prevent you from getting sick, there really isn’t a lot of research out there about if you should or can work out once you are sick. So what is a girl to do when she just began a 30 day challenge, she has  a membership to Orange Theory Fitness that she needs to take advantage of, and she manages a blog that is all about fitness!?!?

Before I went to put on my gym shoes, I decided to do some research. Here’s what I found:

A common rule among gym goers is the above-the-neck rule. Basically, if your symptoms are a runny nose, dry cough or sneezing you can exercise lightly. However if your symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, chest congestion, or nausea, its best to take the day off. Also, let’s face it, you do not want to be that person in the gym sneezing all over the dumbbells. (Yuck)

So, if you do just have the common cold, is it still worth sweating it out? Yes and no. Working out mildly when you just have the sniffles has been shown to help your immune system and help you sleep more soundly. However, if you do work out and your symptoms get worse, its time to hang up your sneakers for a few days. I  have to stress that if you are coming down with something, please work out from the comfort of your own home!  You can be contagious the first 5 to 7 days.

If you are still looking for confirmation that a sneeze doesn’t have to prevent you from getting on the treadmill, believe the doctors at the mayo clinic. “Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a garden-variety cold and no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion.” Read more about it here

sickSo take it easy my friends and don’t push yourself too hard. Now I am going to call it an early night 🙂

P.S. A little cough and occasional sneeze did not prevent me from day one and day two of my 30 day ab challenge. Easy!



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