Everyone feels a little under the weather at times so the real question is: Should you be working out when you’re sick? Generally a scaled back form of exercise is OK, but read below to find out when you should definitely rest.
1. Let your neck be your limit.
A natural rule of thumb is if you’re not sick below the neck, then you can still sweat it out. What does this mean?
If you only have nasal congestions, runny nose or a sore throat, you can still work out (though you may want to lower your intensity). On the other hand, if it’s below the neck (fever, stomach pains, body aches), then it’s best to lay low.
Even if you can work out if you’re not sick below the neck, you should take it easy. You don’t want to push yourself too far, inducing sickness to yourself.
2. Wait At Least 48 hours.
So if you’re sick below the neck, you need to wait it out at least 2 days. This time allows your body to recuperate and recover.
Don’t rush to the gym if you feel better for a few hours. Understand that your body still needs a little more time before it experiences rigorous physical activities again.
3. Listen to your body.
Sometimes, those who work out feel weaker when they miss out on a few days at the gym. If your body is already telling you to slow down, then listen to it. You may be putting too much pressure on yourself.
The whole point of getting fit is to stay healthy and happy. If you choose to work out when you know your body will fail anytime, then what’s the point?