(Closed) Exercising when you're sick– what do you do/not do?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Take the rest. If you’re super tired already, the little energy you have needs to go to your body to fight your sickness, depleting your energy further will only lengthen your sick period. 

Myself, I use the rule that if it’s just a headache or sore throat, I will still exercise (though still minimally compared to normal, just enough to sweat a little), but if it’s in my chest at all or my muscles already feel achey, I rest. 

Post # 4
805 posts
Busy bee

@Creiddylad:  I would rest. If it’s just an imaginary-but-really-I’m-bored headache then working out normally helps perk me up, but for genuine sickness I think it’s MUCH better to let your body recover first and then get back to it. You might just end up feeling unwell for longer if you over do it.

Post # 6
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My exercise physiology professor in grad school said to use the “neck rule:” If it’s a head cold and not in your chest, go ahead and exercise. Moderate exercise can potentially lessen cold symptoms/duration. However, if it’s a cough, or if you are feverish/achy, then take it easy. 

Personally, I don’t feel like that rule works out so well for me, at least if I run. So, if I’m sick at all, I only do light cross training. I’ve got a cold right now and it followed the exact same timing as yours. I might try to do something tomorrow.

Post # 7
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I rest. Why wouldn’t you just focus energy on getting better?

I assume you’re not indulging in super calorific meals either… so it balances out. It’s 80% diet anyway.

Just make sure you get back on the wagon when you’re feeling better.

Post # 8
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m also sick. I think it might be the begining of bronchitis and i lost my voice. I normally workout 6days a week but im going to take a rest while sick. Im training for a 10km but running with bronchitis would not be wise

Post # 9
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@vermonster:  I have heard the same thing about the neck rule.  OP, I would rest if you are still exhausted.  You will get back to exercising when you are feeling better and you will push harder when you are better than you could now.

Post # 10
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I exercise if I’m sick from the throat up (sore throat, runny nose, etc), and rest if I’m sick from the throat down (breathing problems, stomach issues, etc). I would do light exercise like an endurance ride on my spinner, or just some body weight strength work like pilates or yoga.. As long as I’m moving.

Post # 11
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I usually still work out if it’s just a cold, especially if I’m not running a serious temperature or anything.  It might not be a super strenuous workout, but I still like to get moving.  Yoga is great when you are a little under the weather.  I almost always feel much better when I’m done.


Post # 13
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would take a few days rest. It sucks not working out, but your body needs it. If you get too bored some light yoga or work with some hand weights will allow you to do something.

I recently had pertussis so I was forced to take five weeks off from running. I was so deliriously happy to be able to run again that I overdid it my first day back and had to take two days for my legs to recover. Lol.

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