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Fitness Forum: Working Out When Sick

With the weather getting colder and flu season almost upon us, the question is relevant: Should you work out when sick?

With the weather getting colder and flu season almost upon us, you may have heard different things about working out when you’re sick. 

Everyone seems to have a different opinion on this, but here’s my scoop. You often hear people say that working out is fine if it’s just a head cold—stuffy nose, coughing, and other stuff that you don’t like, but can deal with. This is generally true, but if you have a fever, body aches or other more serious symptoms, you should leave the exercising to the rest of us.  

This philosophy is actually pretty sound, but consider these issues as well. When I’m working out, I don’t really want people that are sneezing and coughing around me—and I would guess you don’t either. Plus, I like to work out with intensity, and I put a premium on the quality of my exercise. Therefore, I would rather rest up for a day or two, even if I just have a head cold. Then, when I get back to exercising, I can pick up right where I left off. Ultimately, the decision is in your hands, so do what’s best for you!

Of course, the best solution is to stay healthy in the first place.

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Powerless January 13, 2013 at 09:16 PM
And, you're only comprising your body's ability to fight what ails you if you are engaging in physical activity, however strenuous or not. That's key.

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