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Exercising When Sick: Should You or Shouldn’t You? The answer depends on what ails you, experts tell WebMD. For example, exercising with a cold may be OK, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the gym. A speedy recovery is always the goal when you are sick, but it can be hard to know when it’s ok to power through with your normal gym routine and.
When You *Should* Work Out While Sick Here’s the catch: Certain kinds of calming exercises—like walking, stretching, and light yoga—may actually help ease certain conditions such as colds, menstrual cramps, or constipation. If you’re experiencing signs of a common cold (like a scratchy throat, sneezing or a cough), then it’s quite possible to get a workout in. A moderate, low-impact workout of 30 minutes or less can actually help to fight infection as it boosts the immune system. [Brendan] Are you aware of any benefits to exercising while sick with a cold or flu? [Dr. McQueen] A rule of thumb is to exercise when symptoms are above the neck and to limit exercise when symptoms are below the neck, or when fever, diarrhea, or vomiting are present.
While it’s always important to listen to your body during exercise, it’s more important than ever while you are sick or recovering from an illness. Be sure to stay hydrated, monitor your exertion level and keep checking in to see if what you are doing is making you feel better or worse than when you started exercising. “If you’re feeling fatigued or excessively tired, it’s better not to work out when sick,” says Dr.
Ali. “Save your energy to allow for your body to feel better and recover.” “Decide if you’re up for exercising, or would feel more comfortable reserving your energy,” offers Dr. Marcus. Consistent, moderate exercise and resistance training can strengthen the immune system over time. So, by all means, train hard while you’re healthy. But single high intensity or long duration exercise sessions can interfere with immune function.
So take it easy when you’re feeling sick. If you have symptoms above the neck, like coughing, sneezing, sore throat, or nasal congestion, you can probably still work out. If you have symptoms below the neck, like vomiting, chest.
I f you want to protect yourself from colds and flu, regular exercise may be the ultimate immunity-booster. Studies have shown that moderate aerobic.
List of related literature:
|from The Doctor Is In: 7 Easy, Positive Steps to Take Right Now to Transform Your Health|
|from Immune Function in Sport and Exercise|
|from Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging|
|from The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine|
|from Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness|
|from Essential Concepts for Healthy Living|
|from Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults|
|from Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body|
|from Advanced Marathoning|
|from Sports Science Handbook: I-Z|