Your exercise and fitness program is an important part of your life and you don’t want to miss for a single day.
But if you are sick, what you have to do? If you have fever or cold or sore throat, you should exercise or not?
Exercising when sick completely depends on the situation. Some doctors suggest that exercising can benefit some of the illnesses.
If you have fever or chicken pox or any other serious illness, you stay back in bed. Otherwise you can perform little physical activity to benefit from exercising.
As exercise raises the body’s temperature, don’t workout if you have fever.
If you have fever, you don’t feel like doing anything. At this time, you can perform yoga or meditation as it relaxes your body and mind.
If you have cold and stuffy nose, you can workout, as exercising breaks up the blockage and sinuses. You should not workout if you are taking medicines for cold as they may increase your heart rate.
You can workout if you have sore throat but take rest if you have fever along with sore throat. If you have stomach pain, you can exercise but don’t exercise vigorously. If you are suffering with headache, aerobics relieves from your headaches [Aerobic workouts]. Exercising also helps to relieve from premenstrual syndrome.
Exercise workout helps in increasing the amount of endorphins in your body. It moves water out of the body’s tissues, so the premenstrual syndrome will go away and your body returns to normal size.
Exercising helps in dealing with stress and tension. But if you feel uncomfortable while exercising, stop it. If you have muscle pain, stop doing as muscle pain can be a symptom of viral illness which can increase your risk of injury.
If you had consumed alcohol, don’t workout. As alcohol and exercise can cause blood vessels to enlarge, cause dehydration and decrease blood pressure [Exercise workout mistakes].
If you have diarrhea or vomiting, you must be really sick and stop exercising. With dehydration and vomiting, your body gets dehydrated. Rehydrating your body takes many days, so avoid exercising until they are cured.
If you have persistent cough or coughing up with mucus, your breathing capacity may be decreased. This indicates you have infection in your airways and exercising should be avoided.
Once your sickness is gone, you can start exercising with half the normal pace. Check your pulse rate. If you feel tired, dizzy, or weak, stop exercising. You should not try new or hard exercise workouts when you are not feeling well.
If you have recovered from any illness, you start new exercises after one week or ten days. If you are giving time for new exercise to workout after recovery, it means you are avoiding or reducing injuries to occur.
It is easy to decide whether to exercise or not. If you are sick and symptoms occur above neck such as cold, cough, nausea, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throat or stuffy nose, then you can exercise moderately or avoid exercising.