Should I work out when I’m sick?
Should I work out when I’m sick?Oct 22nd, 2010 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: P90X FAQ
I was thinking about this question because today I am fighting off a cold. I felt tired, achy and just plain out of it when I got up this morning. And when Chris said I could take the day off and he’d work out by himself, I have to admit I was tempted. However, if you want big results you need to commit – even when it’s not easy.
Truth is that if you are just fighting off common colds or viruses, you probably can and should work out. Just back off a bit in the intensity of the effort and do a few more reps at lower weights. If you are scheduled to do cardio, keep you heart rate below 60% of your maximum. What you will likely find is that you actually feel better after a modest workout. And you’ll mentally feel better knowing you didn’t shirk your workout for the day.
When you should not work out is when you are running a fever and/or are throwing up or having significant bouts of diarrhea. These latter two symptoms of flu can get you dehydrated quickly and to work out on top of that isn’t recommended.
As always, eat right and focus on a bit more water consumption and try to eat another serving of fresh fruit for increased energy for your day. I also like to take the effervescent vitamin C drink ‘Emergen C’. You’ll feel better for it.
|Emergen-C Vitamin C Fizzy Drink Mix, 1000 mg, Super Orange, 0.3 Ounce Packets (Pack of 36)|
P.S., After working out day 2 of being sick I want also to add that you need to be careful that you don’t get dizzy when working out. This happened to me this morning and I had to sit down a bit and then modify the workout when I was ready to resume.