Should you work out while you’re sick?
It’s a good question. Goat says no but what do medical professionals say?
Before I delve into the answer, let me pontificate on important matters.
Ok, I’m done.
Exercise Builds Your Immune System
Regular exercise actually gets your immune system pumping. What it does is it gets your natural killer cells to jump from about 50% to 300%. You don’t have to work out 12 times a week to get this result, rather, a simply 30 minute moderate workout, 3 to 4 times a week is sufficient.
A study in the American Journal of Medicine reported that women, who walked for half an hour every day for a year, had colds half as much as women that did not exercise.
So Should You Exercise While Sick
Can you get out of bed? If you can and you feel up to it, go for it. If you can’t lift your head off of your pillow, don’t stress about not working out. Your body is telling you that you need to rest and recover.
If you have a fever, don’t even think about exercise, the fever will sap you completely. Yesterday, I had a pretty bad fever, the last thing I thought of was exercise. I guess, I technically did work out though, what with my tossing and turning and shivering going on.