How to Safely Exercise When You’re Sick

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Sometimes, we don’t want to let a little cold stop us from getting to the gym. If you are feeling a little under the weather but still want to work out, you have to consider whether it is actually going to help you or hinder your recovery. And if you do decide to work out, here’s our best advice to make sure you’re staying healthy.

Low-Intensity Workouts

Do not try to do your regular high-intensity workout if you are feeling sick, aim for low to moderate intensity instead. A walk, some yoga, or very light strength training are fine for your body. High-intensity workouts might result in you experiencing a dip in immunity and this will increase the chance of catching another sickness.

Don’t try anything new if you are feeling sick—stick to what you know and do everything on a much lighter and slower level. Be aware of how you are feeling throughout the workout and if you start feeling dizzy or shortness of breath, stop immediately.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking more water than you normally would help your immune system fight the infection. You use more fluid when you are sick—combine that with all the sweat you produce when you work out, it’s extra important for you to stay hydrated.

Sleep More

Prioritize sleep when you are sick, if you are getting a small amount of sleep each night this can have an effect on your immune system and prolong your sickness. Sleep deprivation can also have a negative impact on your workout so make sure you are giving your body a chance to recover.

Don’t push yourself to work out if your body isn’t feeling it. The gym isn’t going anywhere, and you will get better results once you are feeling better.