If you’re used to exercising on a regular basis, you probably feel your best when you stick to your workout routine as much as possible. But if you’re sick, is it still okay to work out?
Sometimes you can still exercise even if you’re feeling under the weather. But some symptoms indicate you should skip your workout completely. And with COVID-19 still spreading so rapidly, you should not work out near anyone else if you have any type of symptoms. Any symptoms, however minor, may mean you have been infected with the coronavirus.
Even if you decide you’re well enough to work out, it’s a good idea to take your usual activity down a notch. You don’t want to put too much stress on your body if you’re not feeling 100% because the stress can further compromise your immune system. Low-intensity physical activity, on the other hand, typically won’t make you feel sicker and can even boost your immunity and help you feel better faster. So if you usually run, go for a walk or a light jog instead. If cardio kickboxing is your thing, switch it up and do some yoga until you feel better.
Here’s how to determine when it’s okay to exercise and when to skip your work out if you’re sick:
If you put your workouts on hold due to illness, ease back into your regular routine over a time period based on the length of time you were sick. So if you were sidelined for 4 days, gradually increase the amount of activity you do over the next 4 days as your body re-adjusts to increases in physical activity.
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