As I write this, I am battling a cold and didn’t get a workout in today. Some people push through a sickness and exercise anyway, while others may rejoice in a sniffle if it gets them out of exercise. Which are you? When is it ok to exercise if you are sick?
There are different opinions on this topic, but a good rule of thumb to start with is what some call the “neck check”. Basically if your symptoms are above the neck (nasal congestion, sneezing, mild headache etc…) it is ok to exercise. In fact, it may alleviate some of your symptoms. Exercise improves your circulation and may give you some energy and even relieve some of that congestion.
If your symptoms are below the neck (chest congestion, stomach aches, body aches etc…) take a day off. You could slow your recovery by doing too much. Also, no matter where your symptoms are, if you have a fever it is certainly not a cay for exercise. You don’t want to further increase your body temp.
The good news is people who exercise regularly have fewer colds and viruses b/c fit people have better immunity. A better immunity is something us moms need especially if you have a child in preschool. I am amazed at the number of illnesses running throughout preschools! It seemed like we were all sick during my daughter’s first preschool year.
Don’t let the sniffles stop you, but also know when to let yourself rest. Don’t feel guilty for resting when you are sick. After all, the biggest reason to be fit is to be HEALTHY.
As for me today, I am going to drink some decaf and take it easy and plan tomorrow’s workout :).