Are you feeling sick and wondering when you should start working out again? Find out when it’s ok to be active with these exercise tips for colds and more.
Whether you’re overwhelmed with allergies or have a cold or another illness, you may be wondering if you should be active and what you could do. We’re here to help you decide what’s best for you when you’re feeling sick.
It’s ok to exercise if you have a common cold. If you have any of the symptoms below, don’t hesitate to keep moving:
Exercise can be a type of medicine because it can help to boost your immune system, and much more. Sticking to a workout can also help to relieve minor cold symptoms by relieving congestion as well.
There are times when it’s ok to exercise when sick, but it’s important to know when to rest too. If you have any of the symptoms below, be sure to rest for a few days before exercising.
A good rule of thumb is to skip exercising if your symptoms are below your neck. Do not try to sweat out a fever; resting and fluids should be your go-to for that. If your symptoms get worse and continue for more than five to seven days, you should think about making an appointment with your provider.
Many people think you need to overexert yourself to get in a good exercise session, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re feeling under the weather, try to keep your workout simple.
Skipping the gym when you’re sick will also help you avoid unnecessary germs from those working out around you. Try one of the activities below instead of heading to the gym when you’re sick.
Everyone will be different with what works best, depending on symptoms and preferences, so try your best to do something that feels right for you. Don’t push yourself too much when you’re feeling ill, because you could wind up injuring yourself further.
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“Is it OK to exercise if I have a cold?,” Mayo Clinic. Accessed July 19, 2017.