Staying active and moving your body enough to break a sweat for at least 30 minutes a day is a good habit for health. But should you stay active when you start to get sick?
Many people are inclined to call it quits at the gym at the smallest sniffle. However, this may not be the best plan. Regular exercisers sometimes feel worse if they stop exercise completely.
Some reasons to keep you body moving include
- Keeping your lungs moving
- Shaking up your lymph system to clear the toxins
- Moving your abdominal muscles, to help move your digestive system along and clear your colon
How Do You Know When to Stay Active?
If you can move around, and are not sick enough to miss work, you can probably hit the gym. However, you may want to take it a little easier while your body is also working to heal itself.
- Take a walk instead of running
- Shorten your usual workout time
- Lighter weights and higher reps
- Stay hydrated!
According to FitnessHealthZone.com
“Exercise has the ability to boost immunity. Research has shown that those who exercise get sick 30% less often than those who do not exercise. Those who exercise when sick also experience feeling less sick and stay sick for a shorter period of time. However, excessive exercise can have the reverse effect, depleting energy reserves and lowering the immune system.”
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Sauna or Steam?
Steam rooms and saunas are frequently found in fitness gyms. Can they help with immune boosting?
Wet heat thins and opens the mucous membranes in your body, including in your sinuses, throat and lungs. If you suffer chronic congestion or sinus infections, a steam room can help loosen and clear the mucous from your nose, chest and throat. Conversely, steam heat can aggravate asthma, in which case a sauna would be a preferred choice.
Ultimately, you need to listen to your body to know if you should or should not workout when you are ill. One expert says it’s fine to work out if the symptoms are above the lungs–throat, nose and sinus. The next expert warns to never workout if you suspect a sinus infection as it could cause it to go into your lungs and become something even more serious.
As with an injury, consider this advice when ill:
- Do what you can.
- Push yourself but do not cause pain.
Exercise is almost always good on many levels, but your health is a long haul marathon, not a single day sprint. My martial arts instructor points out that skipping a workout because you are sore is a wasted day, but the same may not be true when you are actually ill.
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