If you’re feeling under the weather, the default teaching is that you should stay at home, rest, and take it easy. However, physical activity doesn’t have to be thrown to the side if you’re not feeling 100-percent. In fact, in many cases, moving around can help.
You should probably consult a doctor if you’re feeling really ill before trying some strenuous activity, but here are 12 tips for working out with an illness…
1. Don’t Sweat It (Maybe Just a Little)
PrecisionNutrition.com explains that there are key differences between “working out” and “physically moving the body.” It notes that a “structured workout routine” that makes you sweat and breathe heavily can trigger a stress response in the body, which is fine – when you’re healthy.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get some quality “non-strenuous” exercise in other ways when you have the sniffles – and this might actually boost your fight response against the illness.