Something is definitely going around.
A number of my clients are unfortunately coming down with cold and flu symptoms. You should totally see a GP if this is you.
As a result of this, a common question I get is, “can I exercise when I’m sick.” A number of people suggest you can, “sweat it out.”
Can I Exercise When I Am Sick?
I think this might be the worst advice someone can give you. Chances are they’re not a Doctor and instead of spending time on Google (or potentially reading this post), you should probably go see one.
However, I guess if you’re reading this post, I should do my best to provide you with some more sensible information. If you’re going to exercise when you’re sick, it’s going to depend on how sick you are.
Let’s talk the common cold or flu for example. If you’re a bit sniffly and have a bit of a cough, you could get away with some light exercise. Keep your perceived rate of exertion (PRE or RPE) low so that you’re not exerting yourself too much.
Let’s move further up the continuum of symptoms. Let’s say you’re fairly sick at this stage. Snot, cough, sore throat, run down; you probably shouldn’t exercise. No, you can’t sweat it out. In fact, exercising vigorously will promote the potential for further infection as more of your recoverable recourses go towards recuperating from your workout. As a result of this an “open window” for illness or infection to progress increases as the demand for your training does.
Do Not Be Your Own Dr.
So, whether you exercise or not is up to you when you’re ill. It is best advised to see a doctor. Don’t go ahead and Google naturalistic home remedies thinking you know better. Chances are, you don’t. If you’re not too bad, exercise moderately so that you don’t promote unnecessary amounts of fatigue and compromise your ability to recover.
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