Many people are infected by flu twice in one year, but that doesn’t mean that we should change our life or even change are fitness routine.
Some physical activities are acceptable even do you are sick, but there are moments when exercising can make things more complicated. So the best way to decide should you go to the gym or not must be determined from your symptoms. In order to do that you must apply the technique called “check the door”.
You can exercise if …
If there are symptoms present in your neck or in your throat than it is acceptable to work out.
Physical activity won’t slow down the recovery process; on the contrary, it will increase your heart rate and your body temperature.
There was a study conducted on people who had infections in the respiratory tract more than 10 days. Some of the people were told to exercise every day for 40 minutes and the other half of the group to avoid exercising. The conclusion was that there is no difference in the symptoms and that practicing with small cold won’t affect the duration of the disease.
Good symptoms when you can exercise
- Watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
You must rest when…
If your symptoms are under your neck and cause pain in the chests, then avoid exercising.
Working out under the influence of fever can increase your vulnerability which can be very dangerous.
If your body is focusing on producing energy and improving muscle function in that case physical activity may jeopardize your immune system.
If your temperature is above 37,5 ° keep in mind that your body is fighting with the infection and that it needs a rest.
Warning symptoms and when you should avoid exercising…
- Chest pain
- Stomach nausea
- Muscle pain
Can you beat the flu or the cold with sweating and exercising?
Never try to beat the cold or the flu by exercising in the gym, because you might make things even worse than they already are.
Too much sweating in the gym may lead to dehydration at the same time when you need fluids the most.
Dehydration can also lead to dryness of the lining and stuffy nose and sore throat.
You can easily return to your activities when …
As the symptoms are disappearing you can return to your daily activities but carefully. Don’t underestimate the symptoms since they can return.
Absorb your body and if your body is responding in the right way, try increasing the intensity of the training.
Avoid forcing yourself immediately after you feel much better; adjust your training until all the symptoms disappear from your body.