Deciding to exercise while you’re sick can depend a lot on your illness and your symptoms. To be honest, the answer to your question often depends on who you’re asking, since there really doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus or agreement. I personally feel more often than not that it’s best to take time to rest and recover from your illness before continuing with exercise. My rationale comes from a physiological standpoint.
Basically, exercise can put a lot of stress on your body, and your immune system is the only way that your body fights infections and pathogens that make you sick. When you exercise, you’re devoting some of your body’s resources towards recovery from exercise instead of recovery from illness. In some instances, exercise may even make you sicker or even prolong your illness.
You also have to consider how comfortable you would feel while exercising with some of your various symptoms. Medication may help alleviate some symptoms, but otherwise how would you feel trying to go for a run if you’re congested or have a persistent cough?
If you choose to exercise while sick, you should consider decreasing your exercise intensity, frequency, or duration until you fully recover. Please be considerate by following proper gym etiquette if you choose to work out in a gym.
Check out this WebMD article for more input and guidance:
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