Do you work out when you're sick?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@sienna76:  Depends what kind of sick. However, if at all possible I do keep working out because I always feel better after. Fact or fiction, it feels like I’m sweating toxins out. 

Post # 4
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@sienna76:  I think it’s usually best to let your body rest, but sometimes when an illness isn’t too bad and drags on it’s probably ok to work out a little.  

I’ve certainly had times when I worked out sick and it seemed to help clear things up (who knows if it really did) and other times when it DEFINETLY made things worse.  Pro tip – don’t go backpacking in a natorously damp, cold, foggy location when you have a persistent cough and sore throat.  That was super stupid and probably set my recovery back by a week!

If your body is craving a little exercise and you don’t feel too aweful, try something out.  Stay somwhere warm and maybe do some cardio to sweat it out.  I’m sure that’s not a real thing, but it feels healing.

Post # 5
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sienna76:  if i’m sick above the neck, then yes.  if not then, it depends.

i am a triathlete and once did a race with the stomach bug.  my bike sucked but i had the fastest swim and run on that course at that time since i wanted those things to be over.


Post # 6
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Really depends on how sick I feel, sometimes I try moving around doing some moves at home to gauge whether or not I’d make it at the gym. Or I will just work out at home so if I get worse I’m close to bed…LOL.

Post # 7
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Depends on the kind of sick. If I have something GI, no way in hell I’m risking that. If it’s respiratory, I’ll probably suck it up.

Post # 9
8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t work out when I’m feeling good, let alone sick Wink.

Post # 10
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sienna76:  I have asthma and take meds that weaken my immune system (and I work with tons of kids) so I get sick often. I dont work out for the first few days to even a week depending on how bad it is but I do notice that working out towards the end of a cold/URI can help it go away faster (for me at least.) I always take it easier than I normally would when sick because pushing it can cause make things worse.

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

If it’s in my head I do, if it’s below my neck I won’t!

But I always work out easier when I’m sick.

Post # 12
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

cardio helps me clear mucus (sorry if that’s gross!). I usually start working out as usual, then adjust/stop if needed. the one thing I’d never do sick is swim!

Post # 13
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’ve had bronchitus a few times now, so I can get it again very easily now. When I get sick I lay off and try to get better. That doesn’t mean I stay in bed all day. I function and do my duties, but I don’t exert myself.

Post # 14
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I try to get out and walk when I’m sick but no gym. I don’t like passing the sick. I do try to get up and do at least something though. Doesn’t have to be real exertion even. Just to get moving so I don’t feel so much like a log!

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