Workout when sick?Apr 07, 2021
Should you workout if you are not feeling well?
Whether you should stick to your workout schedule or take a break depends on the symptoms you’re experiencing. If you’re running a fever, take the day off. Getting overheated with intense exercise can push your temperature even higher. Plus, having a significant temp is often a sign that you have something more than a minor cold. It could be the beginnings of, for example, influenza.
Another question to ask is whether your symptoms are above or below the neck. If they’re all above the neck, a runny nose, sneezing and minor fatigue, you’re probably safe doing a light workout, although you might want to take the day off if you’re greatly fatigued.
It’s not a good idea to work out if you have body aches as you won’t be able to put forth your best effort when your muscles ache and feel weak. Plus, muscle aches can often be a sign of the flu. Likewise, if you’re having diarrhea or vomiting, skip the workout as sweating will increase your risk of dehydration, which you’re already at higher risk of if you have these symptoms.