Should I Workout When I’m Sick

As you know from my previous post, I was recently sick. It seems like everyone is going through some type of sickness in the last few weeks.

If you are worried about working out when you are sick, I’m here to give my advice on what you should do.

I hope you get better soon!

Sometimes working out will help me feel better.  Sometimes, I just can’t muster up the strength to even make it to the gym.  How do I know which it is? How do I know when I should or shouldn’t workout?

Well, there are some rules that I go by to make that determination.  These aren’t in a book somewhere.  I really have just developed these based on my years as a fitness professional and through trial and error.

1.  Don’t go to the gym if you are contagious.  

Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning here.  I honestly think that the gym is where I contract all the bugs I have ever gotten after I graduated high school.

2.   Don’t go to the gym if you have symptoms of flu (aches, fever, chills, etc.).

If you are showing signs of the flu, most likely you are also super fatigued and exhausted.  Your body is tired FOR A REASON.  Listen to it.  When we are sick, our bodies are working extra hard to fight off the bug.

Whenever I’ve had the flu, which isn’t often, there is one day that I feel like DEATH.  If I get some good sleep, stay hydrated, and get in enough calories for my body to do it’s thing, I usually feel much better the next day.

I may miss one workout, but not going to the gym one day in order to help my body feel the better the rest of the week is worth the sacrifice in my eyes.

3.   If your symptoms are “above the neck,” like a runny nose, sinus congestion, etc., sweating in the gym might actually help clear everything up.

It may be annoying, or inconvenient, but these symptoms most likely will not hinder your body’s ability to heal itself.  Make sure you wipe the equipment that you use with a disinfectant though!  Try to help prevent the spread of germs as much as possible.

If I’m feeling stuffy, a good sweat always helps.  About ten minutes into my workout, I forget about my cold/allergy completely.  And, a hot, steamy shower afterwards really helps to flush the bad stuff out.
Sweat is the body’s mechanism to rid itself of toxins.  So, by working out, I feel like I am assisting the process :)

Hope these help you get over whatever is ailing you!  Get well soon