This is for all of you health buffs who love working out OR for those who are on a strict exercise regiment that you don't want to deter from (that should include all of us Sweat Sisters hopefully!). Multiple studies show that 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) most days of the week leads to a 25 - 50% decrease in sickness for active people. However, if you're already sick, follow these tips from Dr. David Nieman of ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) on how to exercise when you're under the weather:
DO exercise if your cold is confined to your head, or if you have a runny nose or sore throat.
DON'T overdo it. With a cold, keep exercise at a moderate level (i.e., walking).
DO stay in bed if your sickness is "systemic", or beyond just sniffles or a regular cold.
DON'T work out if you have a respiratory infection, fever, swollen glands, or extreme aches and pains.
DON'T jump back in too soon. If you've had an intense cold or flu, ease back into training after resting for at least two weeks.
DO exercise before receiving a flu shot. Moderate activity has been shown to boost immunity and thus improve the body's reaction to the vaccine.
Feeling well enough to bang out a 10-minute lazy day sweat session? Check out Cassey's ab & butt workout below:
Do you workout when sick? Let us know below!