Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

by Anna D

I have noticed that a lot of people have been getting sick around me lately. There’s no denying that flu season has started and what comes with it are common symptoms such as a cold, coughing, or maybe even fever. Maybe you’ll only get one or two of these symptoms and they won’t ever develop into a full-blown flu. No matter what, the question is, should you workout when you’re sick?

You shouldn't workout when you look like this already. Although, I look worse when I am sick...haha.

You shouldn't workout when you look like this already. Although, I look worse when I am sick...haha.

This was a common question that I was asked a few weeks ago when my bootcampers started feeling sick. The answer is yes and no.

You should not workout if you have a head cold and have a difficult time breathing. You’re head cold will get worst and breathing will become harder during a workout especially if you workout at an intense rate. The best thing to do at this point is to eat as healthily as you can, stay at home and rest, and keep away from other sick people (or from infecting other people for that matter…lol).

On the other hand, you should workout if the symptoms are just about to show up. This means that if you’re nose just started getting runny or your throat just started hurting, you can still workout. But, you need to take a few precautions to prevent the symptoms from fully developing into a cold or a flu. Here are some of the steps that I take to do just this:

  • Hold off the sugar – sugar has been known to lower your immune system response.
  • Eat lots of food with antioxidants – I like to get my antixoidants from blueberries, other types of berries, cinnamon, a little bit of honey, green tea, and white tea. These foods have tons of antioxidants that can aid your immune system in fighting of whatever virus you may have.
  • Eat lots of green veggies – green veggies can give you the vitamins that you need to boost your immune system.
  • Eat foods with Vitamin C such as apples – Apples actually have more Vitamin C than orange so fill up on this fruit if you’re feeling under the weather. Take some additional vitamin C supplements if you think that you need more of it but don’t want to consume the extra calories – just to be on the safe side.
  • Hit the gym – Because your symtoms are not in full throttle yet, you’re more likely to get better with a workout. I promise that you will better afterwards.

I do these steps as soon as I feel something coming on and it works all the time! Let me tell you that I haven’t been sick for two and a half years. Before I started working out and eating healthily more consistently, I was always the first one to get sick as soon as the weather changes. Now, I have even more reasons to keep up this lifestyle besides fitting into my skinny jeans 🙂

I hope you learned something from today’s post. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you!

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