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Is it okay to exercise when you are sick? Read this

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While regular exercise can help you to have a healthy mind and body, it is recommended for you to always know the times when you should skip it such as getting sick.
Exercising with a cold could be fine; however, if you have a fever, any physical activity is a big no-no. "The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever because that can make you even sicker," said Lewis G. Maharam, MD, a New York City-based sports medicine expert.
Doctors use the "above the neck" rule every time they recommend to people when they are allowed to exercise. According to Mayo Clinic, it is usually fine to exercise if your signs and symptoms are all "above the neck" such as runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. However, if your symptoms are "below the neck" such as chest congestion, cough, and stomach upset, it is advised for you to temporarily stop any physical activities and you should consult a doctor.
When it is safe to work out? Check these details according to Healthline:
• Mild cold
Since a mild cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat, you should practice proper hygiene and maintain social distancing when going to the gym or park for a run to avoid spreading germs and viruses.
If you lack the energy to work out, try to reduce the intensity of your workout and cut its duration.
• Earache
The ear pain you experience could be from a sinus infection, sore throat, tooth infection, or changes in pressure.
When working out, make sure that you have no fever and other symptoms that can make any physical activity dangerous.
Just try light exercises such as walking.
• Stuffy nose
If your stuffy nose comes with a fever or cough, you should consider skipping working out.
But if you are not experiencing these symptoms, then it is okay for you to exercise since this can help open up your nasal passages and as a result, it could improve your breathing.
• Mild sore throat
Same with mild colds, having a sore throat is also caused by a viral infection.
Again if your symptoms are accompanied by fever, productive cough, and trouble swallowing, then you should temporarily halt exercising until your doctor tells you that it is fine to continue working out.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of cold water to soothe your sore throat.
So when you should not exercise? As said above, it is not advised to continue working out if you have a fever, since this can cause other symptoms such as weakness, dehydration, muscle aches, and a loss of appetite.
Meanwhile, aside from fever, you should not work out if you have symptoms such as; productive cough, stomach bug, and other flu symptoms.
While having regular workouts can help to lessen the risk of becoming sick and strengthen your immune system, it is also important to let your body rest and recover completely before going back to your exercise routine.
If you are still unsure whether you can totally return to your usual workout routine, it will be helpful if you ask your doctor for advice. (KBAPI)

Last Modified: 2022-Sep-08 17.22.09 UTC+0800