The Trainer is 'IN' - Should you work out while you're sick?
With colder weather comes more time indoors and with more time indoors comes an increased chance of catching a cold or flu. Whether you’re new to exercise and attempting to set the habit or you’re a dedicated exerciser taking time off from exercise feels detrimental to your health and fitness goals but is continuing to exercise while sick doing your body more harm than good? The answer depends on two things: what ails you and listening to your body. It is agreed upon that exercising with a fever is a definite no as a fever indicates that your internal temperature is already elevated and that can be elevated with exercise. Another no-exercise ailment is anything with bronchial tightness or that infects your lungs. This started the belief of the neck line rule where if you’re sick above the neck (running nose, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes) exercise is a go ahead and if you’re sick below the neck (cough, body aches, fever, fatigue) you’re best not to push it. However, everybody is different and that’s why you also need to take into account what your body is telling you. For those who regularly exercise missing exercise can actually leave them feeling worse and for those just starting out it can be hard to start again. In this case it’s smart to take down the intensity rather than skip it altogether, or try a more restorative form of exercise such as yoga or pilates. In the end it comes down to doing what you can, and if you can’t do something then don’t, until your body recovers from whatever ails you!
Kailee is one of our TWP Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors. You can find her teaching classes, leading new member orientations & training clients. Continue reading her full bio..