Do you Exercise or don’t you when you have a cold or flu… ?
It’s that time of year for flu and colds to rear their ugly heads… Some of us are laid up in bed, body aching other battling with a runny nose, cough and heavy chest.
I often have individuals attend my classes and sessions with these symptoms thinking that the best way to get rid of this is to sweat it out!!
If you’re symptoms are mainly from the neck down, that is you’ve got a deep chest cough or a fever, you should avoid working out altogether until you feel much better. Chest pain means you most likely have inflamed tissue in the lungs and working out will course more inflammation. Sleep and rest are the better are essential until you are on the road to recovery.
Also remember if you are around other people when you are not feeling well, sniffing, sneezing, coughing and spluttering. virus’ can spread so think of others aswell as your self..
These are recommendations for you to consider. As a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor I would prefer you not to exercise for your own health and safety as your body is already trying to fight off infection. If you continue to work out when not feeling 100% your body will take longer to heal. Rest and recovery is better then prolonging the process. Once you are fully recovered, the quicker you can get back to exercise.
Common sense prevails when it comes to you knowing your own body and capabilities when exercising. All I would ask for you to do is make your instructors aware of your illness, also if you have any injuries, as it is our job to keep you fit and healthy, not contribute to your already existing low immune system!