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Should You Workout When You’re Not Feeling Well?

Working out when you're feeling sick can be a tough decision. On one hand, exercise can help boost your immune system and reduce stress. On the other hand, pushing yourself too hard when you're sick can make your symptoms worse and prolong your recovery. In this blog post, we'll explore the positives and negatives of working out when you're feeling sick to help you make an informed decision.


Positives:


Boosts immune system:


Moderate exercise can help boost your immune system and increase your body's ability to fight off illness. (Reference 1)

Reduces stress: Exercise can also help to reduce stress and lower cortisol levels, which can help to boost your immune system and improve your overall health. (Reference 2)


Keeps you active:


If your symptoms are mild, working out can help you stay active and maintain your fitness level.


Negatives:


Worsens symptoms:


Pushing yourself too hard when you're sick can make your symptoms worse and prolong your recovery. (Reference 3)


Increases risk of injury:


When you're feeling sick, your body is already in a weakened state, making you more susceptible to injury. (Reference 4)


Spreads illness:


If you have a contagious illness, working out in close quarters with others can spread your illness and put others at risk. (Reference 5)


In conclusion, the decision to work out when you're feeling sick should be based on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health. If your symptoms are mild and you feel up to it, exercise can help boost your immune system and reduce stress. However, if your symptoms are severe, it's best to skip your workout and allow your body to recover. Always listen to your body and make decisions that prioritize your health.



References:

The Benefits of Exercise for Stress Management. (2021, June 1). Retrieved from https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/6343/the-benefits-of-exercise-for-stress-management

Is it okay to exercise when you’re sick? (2021, December 14). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20058289

Exercising When You're Sick: What to Consider. (2021, June 1). Retrieved from https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/5307/exercising-when-you-re-sick-what-to-consider

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