According to medical experts February 18 was the sickest day of the year due to increased socialising, following January detoxification and Valentines celebrations. This leads us to ask: should being sick put you off training, or should you power through?
There are of course arguments both for and against. Exercising is after all good for you and often getting up, and out of the house is better than staying cooped up in bed. However, others would argue that being sick is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and you should therefore take the opportunity to rest.
An article on The Huffington Post recently weighed up the pros and cons of exercising whilst feeling ill.
On the whole it argued that exercising whilst ill was the right approach, providing that you kept the intensity low to medium.
However it did outline the following Do Nots:
- Do NOT exercise if you have a fever.
- Do NOT work out at the gym whilst you’re contagious.
- Do NOT give up altogether.
- Do NOT immediately try to make up for lost time.
Ultimately, is up to the individual, everyone is different and if you are unsure of your symptoms you should of course consult your GP.
What are your thoughts, do you power through or do you indulge in some R&R?
To read the full Huffington Post article follow this link: