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Should you be working out while sick?

Should you be working out while sick?

Exercise when sick... is it a massive no-no?

Working out while sick is a controversial topic of discussion for some.
I personally find it difficult to follow the herd mentality and stick to one side - what if working out while sick genuinely makes you better?
And what if for some, it makes situations a lot worse?

Studies show that light to moderate exercise does not create a negative impact on the symptoms of a common cold or increase the length of time symptoms last.

It's a well-known notion that exercising and keeping healthy can prevent illness from making an appearance. 
But when it comes to exercising while sick, it's hard to determine the impact and whether your symptoms will reduce or intensify.

A poor diet and an overall lack of 'looking after yourself' can often lead you to being susceptible to illness.

For me, not looking after myself is not getting enough sleep or overworking to the point of exhaustion.
For others, it can range from a poor diet to unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking.

Falling ill, especially if you're in a great routine can be incredibly frustrating.
Working out is also a daily effort for some whether they lack time or motivation, and having their workout schedule cut into can be really demotivating.
This is why prevention is far better than cure.

Above getting a well-rested sleep, eating nutritionally balanced meals and keeping active, you can also take it one step further by:

  • Taking supplements for vitamins you're deficient in
  • Drink adequate amounts of water day to day
  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Eat your greens - the more green veggies, the more antioxidants filtering into your body
  • Keep your home and work environment clean to avoid bacteria transferring 
  • Keep a natural hand sanitiser on deck

So where do you separate the fine line between being okay to work out in moderation, and being too sick to workout?

If you have:

  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat

You can carry out appropriate exercise at a lower intensity.

If you have:

  • A fever
  • Dry couch
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Exercise should be avoided until symptoms begin to subside.

So...you're sick and you've realise you still have the ability to work out.

What kind of exercises do you choose from?

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Bike riding
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

And what to avoid?

  • Heavy strength and/or endurance training
  • HIIT or high intensity style cardio
  • Explosive workouts and sprinting

Nutrition plays a key role in preventing and reducing the length of sickness. Take a look at my recipe books for wholesome, delicious recipes that nourish from the inside out!

Tags: Blog, Advice, Exercisewhensick, Exercisewhilesick

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