This time of year, it’s not uncommon for people to get sick. It’s frustrating! You were determined to get in a great workout and instead you are sick in bed. What should you do? Do you skip the workout or try to find a way to get it in anyway? After all, working out is good for you, right?
Why You Should Skip Your Normal Exercise Routine When You are Sick
There are several reasons why skipping your normal exercise routine:
- You will not get the most out of your workout. If you don’t feel well, you will not be able to put much in to your workout. Your body is already run down. Exercising intensely will only stress the body more, increasing the chance of a longer recovery.
- You will spread germs to others. The gym is the second most likely place to get sick from others (second to hospitals). You would be upset if you were healthy but got sick because the guy on the treadmill next to you was coughing the whole time. Give others that same courtesy.
- Being sick increases your chances of injury. When you are not focused on your workout, you are more prone to injury. The same applies to not feeling well. Your body is already not 100%. Add heavy things and fast workout in to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. Obviously it’s not a guarantee that you will be injured, just that you are more prone if you push yourself too hard.
When is it OK to Exercise?
- When the sickness is from the neck up it is ok to engage in some exercise. If you only have a runny nose (as opposed to a bronchial infection) you can engage in moderate intensity activity.
- Engaging in low to moderate activity can speed up the healing process. When taking everything else above into consideration, some moderate or light activity is good for you. If you normally jog, walk instead. If you normally push yourself really hard in the gym, scale back your routine so it’s not as intense. You will feel better and more energetic after this, as opposed to run down and feeling worse.
One of the most important things you can do at this time is to pay attention to your body. Drink lots of water, and realize your body needs time to heal. Take it easy, but do enough to boost your spirits and increase your energy.
One of the most frustrating things about being sick is that you didn’t take advantage of exercising to your full capacity when you were well. And now that you can’t do something you know you need to do, it irritates you even more. Once you start feeling better again, find some motivation with this post. Do all you can to take care of your body the way it needs you to, and hopefully in the future, you will have less sick days to sideline you. Take the time to heal properly; your body will thank you for that.