Understand Working Out While Sick Before You Regret

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Working Out While Sick Is Just Plain Dumb

I would like to ask everyone a question before we get started. Do you think working out while sick is a good idea? If so then let me tell you why doing so it just plain dumb. Let’s begin shall we?

Some Think Working Out While Sick Is A Good Idea

According to Lewis G. Maharam, MD, a New York City-based sports medicine expert. He said "The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker," he tells WebMD. If you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, sit this one out. WebMD

Maharam's rule of thumb for exercising when sick? "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." WebMD

These two people think working out while sick is okay for you. Let’s see what people think about this as well.

What Others Think About Working Out While Sick

There’s some evidence that very intense exercise—running a marathon, say—can briefly suppress your immune function, says Dr. Bruce Barrett, a professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. But in general, physical activity is a great way to shield yourself from illness, he says. Time

“Your immune system needs activity to do its job better,” says David Nieman, a professor and director of the Human Performance Lab at Appalachian State University. “Every time you exercise, you increase the circulation of important immune cells.” Time

While these other two people agree with the first two people from WebMD, Only one person from Time slightly disagrees with the two people from WebMD.

Only One Person Slightly Disagress About Working Out While Sick

But once you’ve caught a bug and are feeling crummy, the story changes. “Exercise is great for prevention, but it can be lousy for therapy,” Nieman says. Time

So if two people agree that working out while sick is okay, and then another two people slightly agrees and disagrees. Does that mean working out while sick is okay? The answer is no it’s not okay. I am going to share my opinion about working out while sick.

women in a blue shirt blowing her nose in a tissue

women in a blue shirt blowing her nose in a tissue

Working Out While Sick Is Not A Great Idea

So last year when I began my Karate classes again, I was just getting over being sick. Whatever, I had at that time was still lingering in my body. So I started on a Monday night I believe. During class I was sniffling a lot and it was very hard to breath with a congested system. I felt light headed and everything.

Working Out While Sick Again For Another Night

So during that first week I went back to Karate for another night. I thought I was feeling better, but then when I woke up the next morning my sickness came back. Whatever, I had came back and stayed with me for two long weeks.

Perhaps I Would Have Been Fine If…

Perhaps I would have been fine if understand working out while sick was a bad idea before I regret. Now whenever I get sick, I wait for a while before I workout again for the sinuses to go away before I attempt to workout again. So then I don’t have a relapse again with the sinuses.

women wearing a gray shirt blowing her nose in a tissue

women wearing a gray shirt blowing her nose in a tissue


In my opinion working out while sick is a horrible idea because your sinuses may come back to bite you in the butt, like they did for me. Perhaps maybe you might get lucky and you are able to sweat it out. Just to be on the safe side perhaps just take a few days off from working out to let your body rest.

Do You Think Working Out While Sick Is A Good Idea?

Do you think working out while sick is a good idea, why or why not? Let me know in the comments below, I will be looking forward to from you!

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