Many times I’ve had a cold but felt well enough to do a little exercise, and didn't think much of it. Although I had been told I’m not supposed to work out while sick, I did not believe it was harmful to me. Now, is there a medical reason why you shouldn’t do a little exercise while being sick?
I know 2020 has not been a year to go for a workout in the gym while having a cold, but as most of us have been doing a lot of exercise at home, you might have asked yourself why you shouldn’t do exercise while sick.
First of all, it is necessary to consider what sickness you have –if you have any symptoms involving anything above your neck –runny nose, cough, sore throat, congestion–, then it wouldn’t cause so much harm: if you work out at home! (remember, COVID) On the other hand, if your symptoms are below your neck –respiratory issues, fatigue, pains–, then you should rest.
Doing exercise increases your body temperature and can make your sickness worse. Actually, after a workout session, your body uses its energy to repair and build your muscles, and if you are sick your immune system will be trying to get rid of your sickness.
The bottom line is, take a few days off, get well, then continue with your routine. It takes about 3 weeks to lose muscle, so a few days without training won’t do you any harm.
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