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3 tips for working out when sick

Getting sick is no fun.  It takes time away from the things you want to do and can hinder your progress when it comes to fitness goals.  It may seem tough to continue your gym routine throughout a cold, but it could cause your recover to take longer or make your illness worse.  Follow these simple tips to get yourself healthy and back in the gym at a safe pace. 

  • If you have a respiratory sickness, avoid working out.  Pushing yourself can do more harm than good.  With this type of illness, expect to be out of the gym for up to two weeks.
  • Avoid working out when you have a fever.  Your body temperature is already too high.  Wait until you temperature is back to a healthy 98.6 degrees, without the assistance of acetaminophen and ibuprofen, before returning to the gym.
  • Working out with a common cold can be ok.  If all symptoms are above the neck (runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or a minor sore throat), working out is ok, but stop if you notice your symptoms are getting worse.  

“The most important thing to remember when returning to the gym after an illness is to take it slow,” said Dr. John Williams with Nashville Medical Group at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. “Pushing yourself too hard, too fast can leave you with a weakened immune system or injured.” 

If you are uncertain about when to return to the gym, consult your physician.  If you don’t have a primary care physician, call 1-800-DOCTORS for a free physician referral.  

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