Back in late December/early January, towards the end of several days of vacation, I came down with a bit of a cold. Initially, I didn’t think it was a severe cold. It definitely was not the flu, just your run of the mill common cold; so I kind of just powered through it. I continued hitting my workouts and my normal work schedule. Just when I thought I was “through the woods”, it came roaring back and it seemed like it was even worse this time around. It was NOT fun…
I ended up taking a couple of rest days to recover a bit and I also worked from home to minimize the spread of my germs to co-workers. Eventually, after a few days of early bedtimes, several doses of NyQuil, and lots of cough drops, I was feeling more like myself.
Thankfully, I don’t get “sick” that often. I like to think my attention to fitness and nutrition contribute to that in a significant way. However, it seems that at some point during the winter months, I always come down with a cold that I have to battle through. For you, the frequency of illness may be more or it may be less…hopefully less! Regardless, there is always a common question that arises when illness does strike; “Should I Workout If I’m Sick?“.
This is a totally different question than the “Should I Workout Today?” (Check out the Infographic here!) question that I have addressed in the past. The answer to that question rarely results a “No”, but there are certainly times when skipping your workout is appropriate and illness is typically one of them.
Infographic – Should I Workout If I’m Sick?
The fine folks over at Precision Nutrition have created this handy infographic that can give you some guidance when you are sick and considering if you should workout or not. Download and print out this visual guide full of specifics for making exercise work for you before, during, and after an illness.
Want to take these tips everywhere? Click the button below for a fully printable version of this infographic.
Want to read the full article?
There is much, much more to this this question than what is represented in the infographic above. You should definitely check out the full article that goes into much more detail on the various aspects of this topic. Full article –> Working Out When Sick
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