Can You Exercise When You’re Sick?
When you are sick, a quick recovery is always the goal. However, it can be hard to know when it’s ok to power through with your normal gym routine and when it’s best to take a couple of days off.
Exercise is a healthy habit, and it’s normal to want to continue working out, even when you’re feeling under the weather.
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This can be perfectly fine in certain situations but also detrimental if you are experiencing certain symptoms.
Many experts use the “above the neck” rule when advising patients on whether to continue working out while sick. According to this theory, if you are only experiencing symptoms that are above your neck, such as a stuffy nose, sneezing or an earache, you’re probably ok to engage in exercise.
On the other hand, if you are experiencing symptoms below your neck, like nausea, body aches, fever, diarrhea, productive cough or chest congestion, you may want to skip your workout until you feel better.
A productive cough is one in which you’re coughing up phlegm.
Some experts use the “above the neck” rule to determine whether working out while sick is safe. Exercise is most likely safe when symptoms are located from the neck up.
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