It’s that time of year again where everyone is fighting germs and trying to stay healthy. One question I get often is, “Should I workout when I’m sick?” There is not a clear yes or no answer to this question, however, I have pulled together some resources to help you decide if you can aim for a light workout, or if you need to rest.
The best rule of thumb is to do what I like to call, the “neck check.” If your symptoms are above the neck you are probably ok to workout; this includes things like congestion, sore throat, sneezing, etc. If your symptoms are below the neck, you may want to consider taking a rest day; this includes symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, chills, etc. Here is a little cheat sheet to help you weed through any symptoms you may have.
The bottom line is: listen to your body. If you feel too sick to workout then your body probably needs to rest. If you only have mild symptoms “above the neck” then consider doing a shorter and less intense workout. The faster you recover, the faster you can get back in the gym at full speed, so don’t over do it while you’re trying to recover.
Please note that I am not a trained medical professional and would never try to give you medical advice. If you have specific questions or concerns please reach out to your family physician.
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