Exercise Questions | If i feel i'm starting to get sick, should i exercise more?

If I feel I'm starting to get sick, should I exercise more?


Posted by Reply
Personal Trainer
4/20/2006 6:02:55 PM
I wouldn't recommend exercising MORE than you normally do. Changing your program could result in fatigue, soreness and possibly injury when your body is suddenly under attack from infection. However, exercising as much as you feel well enough for can definitely help you through your cold! It can decrease congestion. Ceasing exercise can increase sleeping problems, fatigue and sluggishness. So to suddenly stop exercising as you're starting to get sick can make you feel even more miserable! If, however, all you want to do is rest, then do just that. Rest, keep warm, and drink fluids.

If you have a raised temperature, feel shivery or sweaty, have aches and pains, swollen glands, and/or a very sore throat, then rest is best. These symptoms are partly due to your immune system's attempt to combat the infection, and you may compromise this by pushing yourself too hard at the same time.

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