Author: Jaclyn Thomas
As active human beings, we’re wired to push our bodies to the limit. Seriously, think about it, who would actually run 26 miles for fun? Going into the frigid months of runny noses and rising fevers, our minds may have the motivation to kick it into high gear and demolish a workout, but sometimes the body just needs to call in a sick day.
Despite this innate tough human nature, it’s important to know when you’re pushing your body past a healthy breaking point. In other words, recognize when you need to suck it up and hit the gym or just crawl back under your covers with Netflix.
Sit Out: You have a fever or flu-like symptoms.
If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, stay home. Saying you’re “sweating out the fever” is not a valid excuse to show up at the gym. That won’t work and it will only make you a few enemies if you get someone sick. Stay home, drink plenty of fluids, get some meds and wait it out. You’ll be back in the game soon, I promise.
Sit Out: You have a stomach bug.
Sorry, sprinting to the bathroom doesn’t count as your cardio. This is possibly the most torturous type of common sickness since you lose control of your body and can’t keep a thing down (including water). I don’t think I need to tell you why you shouldn’t be at the gym. In fact, that should be the furthest thing from your mind as your running to the toilet.
Suck Up: You have the sniffles or are recovering from a cold.
If you have the beginnings or endings of what seems to be a cold, you can still get some physical activity in, but you should definitely tone down the intensity. The American College of Sport Medicine, explained “mild to moderate exercise when sick with the common cold does not appear to be harmful.” That means you should try walking on the treadmill instead of running or lift lighter weights.
It’s also important to listen to your body. It will tell you how soon and to what intensity you can jump back into your exercise routine. Men’s Health recommends starting with 75 percent of your normal workout and then assess how your feel afterward. Don’t push yourself too quickly or you’ll end up back in bed again.
Avoid Having to Sit Out with These Tips
1. Wash your hands, a lot. (Bye, germs!)
2. Wipe your sweaty, germy machine down after use and fellow gym goers will be forever grateful.
3. Drink tons of fluids to help flush out your system of unwanted bugs and keep your body hydrated.
4. Remember to listen to your body if you’re making a comeback.
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