Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    SMITTY4RL   16,361
15,000-19,999 SparkPoints
Exercising when sick

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Starting feeling sick around last Friday with a sore throat, still felt good so I did a treadmill workout and took a long walk on Saturday. Sunday was my long-ish run of 4.5 miles and I was on the fence about going, but went anyway. It’s been downhill ever since when I popped a fever and started coughing, lol.

It’s important to me to keep exercising for mental and physical health, but I also have a couple of scheduled (read: paid for) races coming up. So I got a little panicky, because the last time I was sick has actually been a few years ago.

Exercise in general can help boost your body's natural defenses against illness. Thirty minutes, three to four times per week has been shown to raise immunity by raising levels of T cells—woo-hoo—which are one of the body's first defenses against infection.

So exercising with a cold may be OK, but if you've got a fever, it’s a definite no-no. Fever is the limiting factor. Raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, can make you even sicker.

From WebMD: "Do what you can do, and if you can't do it, then don't," he says. "Most people who are fit tend to feel worse if they stop their exercise, but if you have got a bad case of the flu and can't lift your head off the pillow, then chances are you won't want to go run around the block."

Neck Check: if your symptoms are above the neck, it’s okay to exercise: Sore Throat, Nasal Congestion, Sneezing, Tearing Eyes,

If below the neck, then lay low until recovered: Coughing, Body Aches, Fever, Fatigue

Remember: An uncomplicated cold in an adult should be gone in about 7 days.

And if you’re wondering about running while sick, SEABREEZE63 recommended this great article from Runner’s World. Here’s the link:

The tide is turning and I feel a bit better, but I think the dog and I have a date with the couch this afternoon and a bowl of soup. She won't mind. emoticon
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Informative blog, great advice. I hope that you are feeling better.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACEWELLWON 11/6/2013 9:46AM

    Absolutely you need to get better . You body needs the rest period !! Get Better soon ! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/5/2013 6:32PM

    I'm glad you're starting to feel better! Thank you for the informative blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEDEAREBORN 11/5/2013 3:17PM

  Feel better soon! (And good tips; it's easy to fall into the 'do it or fail' mentality, but there are times when the best and healthiest decision is to take a short break.)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOTHEPRO 11/5/2013 2:46PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
TINASW 11/5/2013 2:41PM

    I hope you feel better soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEOMALLEY 11/5/2013 2:06PM

    Thanks for sharing very useful info.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Other Entries by SMITTY4RL