Should You Be Exercising While Sick?
A general rule of thumb is: if the symptoms are above the neck, such as a blocked nose or sneezing, you should be fine to train. However if the symptoms are below the neck, such as nausea, fever or a chesty cough, you should take the time off to recover.
Training with ‘above the neck symptoms’ (generally more of the cold-like symptoms) shouldn’t be anything too strenuous. Stick to more gentle activities such as walking, general flexibility and stretching, and yoga. Try to avoid strenuous activities, especially those out in the cold.
Top tips for training while sick:
DO – listen to your body. If you get halfway through your training session and you’re feeling worse, end it there and try again another day
DO – keep up your fluid intake
DO – wash your hands, especially if using/sharing equipment– when it comes to germs, sharing is not caring!
DO – keep eating wholesome, nutritious foods. Lots of veggies for vitamins and minerals, and protein to help support your immune system
DON’T – over exert yourself. If you exercise too strenuously, you can put too much pressure on your immune system therefore prolonging the illness
- A great natural remedy for a cold is a simple honey and lemon tea. Juice one lemon, add boiling water and a tablespoon of honey. Taken before bedtime, this can help reduce the severity of the cold and reduce coughing overnight.
- Garlic can also be used as a remedy due to its antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. If you’re brave enough, you can try simply eating a raw clove of garlic. You can also buy a garlic supplement to get the same benefits.