It is good to continue to work out through many ailments, just at a moderate to light intensity level. If I have a cough or sinus infection I still make sure to do cardio, for one thing the sweating and activity forces me to consume more water which is good for getting rid of the ailment and additionally I find that the activity loosens up the mucus in the lung/sinus forcing me to get more of it out sooner than if i had done nothing. I know that directly after the workout I breath better and clearer and feel generally better than If I had just sat around doing nothing.
Additionally, not working out while sick can easily turn into "i dont feel like working out today" and skipping a workout which is a great way to get on the road to not working out at all.
I agree we do need to listen to our bodies. A light cardio is a good thing to do when you feel the way you do. But with alergies I just keep on working out. I just let my eyes water,blow my nose and keep on doing it. Rest is a good thing too.
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3/3/13 4:02 P
You have to learn to listen to your body. If you're having problems breathing, have fatigue, have body aches, a cough, etc. then you want to lay off any exercise until you feel better. How are you going to exercise if you can't breathe properly ? Which is why you need to rest.
If you have a slight sniffle, some times a little light cardiovascular exercise can help.
Take it easy a few days. You will not derail any of your efforts at good health or weight loss if you can't exercise for a few days because of a flu or cold. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is learning to take care of our bodies. That means getting some rest when we need it.
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3/3/13 3:42 P
So, I'm feeling a little under the weather. Just a little cold, with some sinus congestion, but it got me thinking, with allergy season coming soon, what do you do to workout while you're not feeling well? Is it okay to workout even if you're having trouble breathing?
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