Exercising When Sick

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Everyone knows that health is never to be neglected. To remain healthy and fit, you need to work out daily. You have to make constant efforts towards maintaining your fitness. Exercising is good without a doubt but what when you are running sick? Should you work out then? The answer is neither a yes or a no. Whether to work out or not depends on upon the level and type of your sickness.

When in fever

When you have a fever, the body temperature is very different from the normal one. It either rises too much or falls. The body becomes too weak and the muscles fail to work well, hence it is advisable to stay at home and not exercise at all, when in fever. You cannot be rigid and stubborn about exercising here; you have no option other than taking rest. Your body, by itself, will never call for workouts during fever.

When you have a cough

If you have a typical dry cough, there is no harm at all in working out. But if a cough is persistent, it’s better to stop and take rest. When you get a cough, you can start feeling breathless and this causes the heart rate to go up, so it is better not to workout at that time. Whether to exercise with a cough or not is based on your own judgment, if you feel that it’s a minor cough, you can carry on with your routine but at a slower pace. If you feel breathless, it is better to stay away from exercising until you recover.

With a cold

A running nose is not a reason enough to stay away from your workout regime. If it is minor cold, you can go for your daily exercises but do reduce the level of activity. If you are feeling ill, your personal trainer will recommend whether you are fit for exercising or not. In case you feel breathless when working out, it is better to stop and take rest for the day. Also, if you have body aches due to the cold, do not force your body to exercise.

Judging whether or not you should exercise during your ongoing illness is very simple. It all depends on your energy levels. If your energy level is unwavering even in sickness, you can go for your daily workout. However, if your energy levels are low, your body itself won’t allow you to get out of the bed. During such times, it is better to take rest.

You cannot afford to waste your leftover strength on exercising, instead, you should use it to recover and then you can get back to your usual routine.

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Memory boxes

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