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I’m Sick…should I workout?

Category : Active Living

Good question! It depends….

The answer is YES when your symptoms are “Above the Neck”

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Minor sore throat

You may actually feel better if you a “light workout”…decrease the overall duration and intensity of your exercise. If you feel worse (increased headache or break out in a cold sweat) back off or stop early.

 The answer is NO if most of your symptoms are “Below the Neck”

  • Diarrhea
  • Chest congestion
  • Cough
  • Upset stomach

Or if you are experiencing:

  •  Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph glands

Moderate exercise improves immune system

According to the American Council on Exercise, 61% of 700 recreational runners had fewer colds since they began running while only 4% reported the frequency had increased.  During moderate exercise, various immune cells circulate through the body more quickly and are better able to kill bacteria and viruses.  

Too much exercise can suppress your immune system

More is better, right? Wrong! A high percentage of endurance athletes get sick immediately after a big event. In fact, we know more than one very healthy Birkie skier who called in sick this week!  Too much exercise at a high intensity may suppress your immunity making you more susceptible to catching viruses.

Here’s your “stay healthy” checklist:

  • Exercise in moderation
  • Eat five servings of fruits & vegetables per day
  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day
  • Take your vitamins…we highly recommend Vemma liquid vitamins
  • Eat enough calories…your quest to lose weight should not make you ill