Sweating out the sickness. When is it ok to drop the tissue and hit the gym and how sick is too sick?
On average, adults can contract 2-3 respiratory infections each year! These sick days cause us to cancel plans, call in sick, and skip our workouts. But, does it have to stop us? Should it stop us? Or, is working out the perfect remedy to that dreadful cold?
To start, we should take a look at how exercise can prevent us from ever getting sick in the first place. Studies show that near-daily physical activity of 30 minutes or more can have positive changes on the immune system. But, be careful not to over do it. Prolonged exercise lasting longer than 90 minutes can cause infection risks to multiple. Sticking to a normal workout schedule without pushing beyond your limitations should keep your immune system happy and active.
What to do if the sickness catches you
When your immune system has fought as hard as it can yet you still feel that cold coming on when is it best to exercise and when is it best to take some time off? Some studies show that exercise with cold like symptoms can in fact clear up congestion and lessen inflammation. Another study showed that short periods of light exercise could lessen lung inflammation. Determining how sick is too sick to hit the gym can be tricky. Below are some rules to go by when thinking about getting out and into the gym.
But how sick is too sick?
The key rule to remember when debating whether to hit the gym or hit the hay, is the “above the neck” rule. If your symptoms are contained above the neck (runny nose, sore throat, etc), it’s usually okay to hit the gym! It may in fact temporarily clear up some of those sinuses and congestion. Though, if symptoms are below the neck (thick coughing, body aches, chest congestion, or stomach issues), it’s time to hit the hay. When being sick, you know your body better than anyone and can judge if you’re going to slap on some shoes or hit the snooze. Use caution to prevent from worsening symptoms. It is recommended to exercise indoors, away from cold temperatures and winds, when symptoms are arising.
Working out with a cold
Decide to hit the gym? A few workouts that may help you feel better without pushing your body too hard can include things like yoga, taking a long walk with a friend, or light strength training. Sinus by REDD Remedies can also help you return to a healthy state. Using natural ingredients such as Vitamin C and Magnesium, Sinus by REDD Remedies helps promote healthy sinus cavities, natural histamine response, and supports healthy immune function.
Getting sick happens, we’ve all been there and we’ll all be there again, but it doesn’t have to slow us down. Though, if going to the gym seems extra difficult today it’s probably best to play it safe and hit the snooze.
Your Turn: When has sweating it out made you feel better?
*Always consult with your doctor when you think you are getting sick to get the recommended medication to treat your illness.
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