We have just passed the middle of autumn and the winter is getting closer and closer, which mean that the cold and flu season has started long time ago. The problem is that most of us don’t address the cold properly and we stay sick for quite some time – some people stay mildly sick throughout the whole winter and they feel completely healthy in the spring.
Now, first thing you are advised when you don’t feel well is to get enough rest and to take things easy, however, what if you are just a little sick? Or you feel like it is not that serious? Should you continue with your training and hit the gym or take some time to rest? People who love exercising don’t like to skip workouts and since exercising is so important in their lives – they will go exercise even if they are not feeling well – but is this something that you should do? Read below for what you need to know if you are not feeling well and you’re thinking about exercising:
- Perform a “neck-check”
If you are not sure whether you are able to exercise or not, there is a simple way to determine – just perform a “neck-check”. The idea is simple – if you are sick above the neck (if the symptoms you’re feeling are above the neck, like sore throat or runny nose), you can go exercise. However, even if you decide to go to the gym, keep in mind that you are not in your regular shape and that you should lower the intensity of your workouts, at least in the first few days.
- If you are sick below the neck, you really should take a break from exercising
If any of the symptoms you are experiencing is located below your neck (like stomach problems, diarrhea, chills or body aches), you really should skip going to the gym and postpone your exercises until you are feeling better. Furthermore, if you have a fever, you definitely should skip working out and get some rest until your temperature returns to normal.
- Exercise could make you feel better when you are run down
On the other hand, if you have not been feeling well (for example, if you feel like you are constantly low on energy), exercising could give you the boost of energy that you are looking for. Furthermore, it does not have to be a two-hour gym session of lifting heavy weights instead you could go on a brisk walk.
- If you are not able to do one exercise without sneezing or coughing, you should not go to the gym
Keep in mind that if you are constantly coughing or sneezing, you put to risk other people who are exercising at the same gym of getting ill. This is a very good reason not to exercise if you are not feeling well – furthermore, if you can’t do one exercise without constantly coughing and sneezing you are obviously not in a shape to exercise.