Should you work out when you are sick? A cold can last up to a week, so should you skip your workouts all week? Won’t that set you back?
After doing some research it looks like the best way to determine whether or not you are good to workout is the neck check. If everything that ails you is above the neck (ranging the sniffles to sore throat) you can work out. If you have symptoms below the neck, such as fever, stomach pains, coughing, and aches, you should not work out.
So let’s say you did the neck check and you are good to go. Should you go full-throttle with your workout? Probably not.
Consider these light to moderate exercise until you feel better:
- Walking can clear up your sinuses without putting too much strain on your body.
- Jogging can also help clear your sinuses as long as you don’t push yourself too hard and jogging is already part of your regular routine.
- Yoga can help boost the immune system. Consider a slower and lighter practice.
Workouts to avoid when you are sick:
- Endurance Running will be too much strain on the body. Avoid prolonged and continuous types of exercise like this when you are sick.
- Lifting Weights can cause sinus pressures and headaches to feel worse.
- Exercising outside in the cold can actually irritate and restrict your airways.