Exercise When Sick? Yes or No?

Your exercise routine is going great! You’re being consistent and noticing improvements in your performance and appearance…..then you start feeling sick! UGH! What should you do?

Should you skip the gym or your favorite Pilates class for a nap? Or should you power through?

Exercising When Sick? Yes or No?

The answer depends on what is going on! For example, exercising with a cold may be OK, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the gym is a definite NO.

I like to use this simple rule, it is called the neck check.  A neck check is a way to determine your level of activity if you are feeling under the weather. If your symptoms are in the neck and above, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and watering eyes , then it’s OK to exercise. If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing (it comes from the chest), body aches, fever, or fatigue then it’s time to put away your gym clothes and relax until these symptoms go away.

Most important thing is to listen to your body! If you feel up to working out with a sore throat then go for it but if you start working out and you are feeling worse then give yourself the OK to stop or slow down. Not every workout needs to be high intensity. Going for a walk or taking a Yoga class are other great ways of moving your body.

Take care of your body and your body will take care of you!

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