Getting sick is a part of life, it happens to all of us. It’s tough to know what to do about it – do you work out when you’re sick or not? Should you sweat it out or rest up?
When we’re sick, the stress of a tough workout can be more than our immune systems can handle. In general, a low to moderate intensity workout will leave you feeling energized. A high-intensity workout, on the other hand, may make you feel even sicker. As for every workout, let your own perceived level of exertion be your guide.
A moderate workout can even help boost your immunity.
The general rule is that it is okay to train moderately if your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, then it’s OK to exercise. If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, stomach issues, and fatigue, then it’s time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside. And you should never exercise when you have a high fever, doctors say, so check your temperature before you hit the treadmill. If it’s 102°F or higher, stay home!
It’s always important to remember to make sure you are working out regularly (when you are healthy) to help boost your immunity in general.
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-Brynne B., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health