You hit 2013 determined to stay on track with your workout routine and nothing can possibly stop you from working out each and every day, right? Aaaand….then you get sick. If you are among the many, many people this winter to be coming down with a wicked cold or the horrible flu that is going around you may be wondering whether or not you should still attempt to work out. If you’re as sick as some people are getting, you’ll barely be able to get out of bed and the answer to whether or not you should work out will be an obvious “no” when you can barely lift your head from the pillow. But, if it’s just a cold, or if you’re coming off of a sickness that you’ve had for several days, should you work out?
The answer is, it really depends. You know yourself and your symptoms better than anyone else. Some people claim that working out and sweating some of the toxins out of their body feels good when they’re sick. You can always get a less intense workout in and split the difference. If you’re congested and can’t breathe, or if you’re lightheaded, maybe a slow walk on the treadmill will be okay and will make you feel better. But, experts say fever is definitely where you should draw the line. If you have a fever, working out and raising your internal temperature is a very bad idea when your temperature is already elevated due to fever. So, if you want to try to work out while sick and you’ve had a fever, take your temp and make sure it’s lower than 101 degrees. Otherwise, drink lots of fluids; get plenty of rest and hit the gym another day