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What's the Deal With: Being Ill and Working Out

What's the Deal With: Being Ill and Working Out

Since cold and flu season started a lot of folks have asked me if they should work out if they're sick. Well, a good rule of thumb when figuring out the answer is the neck check. Exercise is generally considered okay if your symptoms are all above the neck - sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, congestion. Light cardio might actually help reduce these symptoms and give your immune system a little boost.

But if your symptoms are below the neck like fever, chest cough (with lots of phlegm) or nausea you should probably choose your couch over kick boxing. Exercising can make those symptoms worse.

So check in with your self and listen to what your body says. If you are just tired or in the throes of PMS a work out could really do you some good.

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jessytastic jessytastic 9 years
this is a a great post! now i can still go to the gym today without worrying i'm getting behind!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
cheers to that!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
But PLEASE... If you are going to work out at the gym, be sure to wipe off the equipment with paper towel and disinfectant spray!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Shoot. Count me three as not being able to use the cold escuse... I'm all in.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I'm with you fitness girl - all my excuses gone. DANG
DStirk DStirk 10 years
very interesting....now i can't use that excuse anymore!
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