Working Out When Sick
Regular moderate exercise 3-4 times per week can boost your body’s defenses against illness, but what happens when you do get sick? Should you continue to work out? If your symptoms are above the neck (i.e. cold or sore throat), sure. But if they’re below the neck (i.e. upset stomach, aches, or cough), then no. Either way, listen to your body and don’t overextend yourself. Take your morning run down to an easy jog or walk. A high intensity or long workout could make things worse. And if you just don’t feel up to it, then don’t do it. If you have a fever, definitely take the day off. As you feel better, ease back into your regular workout routine.