Welcome to Flexhealthtips.com, most people i know has more questions in regards to how and when to train, but some also do ask this; Should you train when you’re sick? Well we will cover some reasons in this very post
Have Good Gym Etiquette
In general, our stance to illness has always been straightforward: if going to the gym can make others sick, avoid it. This includes coughs, sniffles, sore throats, fevers, and anything other than overall weariness. Remember that one day is only one day.
That doesn’t mean you can’t workout at home when you’re sick (more on that below), but try to think of others when you’ve got symptoms.
What About Home Workouts?
Most of us have had to train at home at some point in the last few years as a result of COVID. Because the risk of infecting others is less (unlike your toddler’s daycare), the incentive to exercise while unwell is greater.
Here’s the issue: Your usual workout regimen, in which you are breathing heavily and pushing your body, causes a stress reaction in the body. When you’re healthy, your body responds to stress and adjusts to get stronger..
However, while you are unwell, your immune system is already under stress. Adding additional stress with a rigorous exercise (or lengthy, difficult run) may overwhelm the system. This implies you might become sicker..
My general rule? Avoid your typical training regimen if you believe your illness will result in a less difficult workout. Our training methodology at Born Fitness is based on intensity. I’d prefer you stay healthy and push your boundaries for a short period of time than feel like garbage for the duration of your workout.
This does not imply that when you are unwell, you must become one with the sofa. You may continue to exercise while healing as long as you practice the correct sort of movement.
How To Workout When You’re Sick
First and foremost, while you’re unwell, follow your doctor’s recommendations. If they advise against performing any exercise, it’s usually for a cause. If you’re cleared to exercise, though, low-intensity activity can help you feel better faster and recover faster.
What counts as low-intensity exercise? Think of things like walking or an easy pace on your favorite cardio machine if you have one at home. Or, you might do a mobility circuit. My go-to is long walks outside.
The aim is to maintain your pulse rate as low as possible during the activity. At no point should you be straining or gasping for air. Remember that low-intensity might mean various things to different people. Listen to your body and select a workout that you can complete at a comfortable speed.
Consider these workouts to be a day at the spa. You should leave feeling refreshed and energetic, not exhausted.
The Bottom Line
We believe in working out with intensity, but it doesn’t mean you have to PR every exercise if you’re healthy. Many of your exercises will be “hard hat” days. You just put on your hard hat, even if you’re tired, sore, or in a bad mood, and go to work. Those were triumphant days.
Days when you push yourself to workout while you’re unwell because you have an unfounded fear of not being able to train are a waste of time. Choose your battles wisely and hold yourself to a high level. And, more often than not, it will result in better health.