As much as we wish we all could, there is no stopping being ill. While a select few will only get sick once or twice through the year, others have more instances where illnesses find us. When the time arrives, it can keep you stuck in bed, away from your job, and being put in a situation where you can’t exercise, or can you? Unless you feel that you absolutely have to, I would suggest that you focus on getting the rest that your body needs. However, if you are determined to sweat out your illness, you shouldn’t treat it like you would a big lifting day. For safety sake and because you are more susceptible to becoming winded, it is best to keep your weight numbers and reps low. You have to realize that you won’t be in tip-top condition and trying to strive for that will have you feeling worse than you did before. As far as time is concerned, I would try to keep any workouts done while under the weather to no more than twenty minutes.
The purpose of working out when you’re sick is to either: cleanse your body of toxins, not fall back on your fitness routine, or both. Before you get ready to head out of the door, with your gym bag in hand, there is more that you need to know. First, we have to understand that being sick is a vague term for a lot of smaller symptoms that determine what illness you have. If you are experiencing any sort of vomiting, DO NOT go out into the gym. For one, you are likely having a very strong illness, where working out would do more harm than good. Secondly, the last place that you want projectile vomit in would be the gym. Just thinking about the horrified looks of others, if I were in that situation and had to puke would mean I would probably never set foot in that place again.
As far as being an overall caring human being goes, please don’t go and lift weights while you are still contagious. A big sign of determining being contagious is a quick fever check, if your temperature is too high, you are likely still capable of passing the illness. I know that I would hate it if there a sick person coughing and leaving snot all over the place, especially if he uses the machine before I do. Also, with having a fever, it’s not smart to play around with your body temperature during a time where you are so weakened.
A lot of people confuse getting allergies with being sick, I’ve suffered with allergies for about fifteen years so I could say that I’ve had those same thoughts. If you aren’t having a fever, show no signs of vomiting, you will do much better with working out, even if you don’t feel one hundred percent. Once you get your shoes on and get moving, you could notice that, by the end of your workout, you started to forget that you were even sick. To sum it all up, remember that workouts (while sick) are hobbies that you can still skip a day or two on, with sickness being a great reason. If you feel that you must exercise and provided your symptoms are contagious, keep it simple and take it slow.