know when to exercise when sick

I have a cold, should I work out?

The common cold affects us all. But, will working out increase or decrease your ability to defeat the illness?

Exercise will decrease your immunity, so when you exercise you are actually hurting your body’s ability to defeat it.

When is it safe to work out with a cold?

If your symptoms are a runny nose, sneezing and scratchy throat, it is safe to exercise at low-intensity levels. However, please workout at home. No one at the gym wants to get your cold. Therefore, if you honestly can’t miss a workout PLEASE do it at home.

When is it NOT safe to work out with a cold?

If your symptoms are fever, dry cough, vomiting and diarrhea, STAY home! Exercise is highly not recommended if you have any of these symptoms. Your best bet is to stay home and rest so that you get better as soon as possible.

What supplements should I take when I’m sick?

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

In addition to being great for building muscle, energizing your workouts and burning off fat, BCAAs will also keep your immune system strong.

The bottom line.

You need to listen to your body. If you feel better exercising then move at a comfortable pace. If the cold is awful, it’s okay to take a break. Better to get healthy quick; pushing yourself when you are not operating at full speed could cause your illness to get worse or stay longer.

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