I woke up this morning with some sort of sickness…
- A slight headache
- A “sore” throat (it didn’t hurt at all, but it felt off)
- A general icky feeling
I haven’t been sick in about four years, so this concerned me a little bit. I mean, who likes getting sick?
That brings me to the question…
Should I exercise (or run) when I’m sick?
Based on experience, I’ve found that mild to moderate exercise is usually OK if you have a cold, but not a fever.
Running with a fever is a big no no.
I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work! Actually, exercise may even help you feel better by temporarily relieving nasal congestion and getting the blood flowing to your muscles to relieve stiffness.
I use these rules as a guideline when it comes to running (or any other exercise) and illness:
- Mild to moderate exercise if your signs and symptoms are “above the neck” (such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, or sore throat). If your symptoms don’t improve, cut the workout short or back off on the intensity. Keywords are “mild to moderate” (I wouldn’t recommend doing a crazy hard workout or long run).
- Cancel or postpone your workout if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck” (such as chest congestion, coughing, or an upset stomach). If you have a fever, get back in bed and
drink some Kombuchaeat some soup
- If you choose to exercise when you’re sick, listen to your body. If your signs and symptoms get worse with exercise, stop and take some time off. Sometimes pushing through an illness will just make it last longer.
What are your rules about exercising when feeling under the weather?
I’m also going to drink an extra Kombucha today. I swear that this stuff cures every little cold that I’ve ever had.
That’s probably why I haven’t been sick in four years!
Strengthen my immune system please!
Since my symptoms were “above the neck” this morning, I headed out for a run. Nothing fast or long, but enough to feel the endorphins.
I’m actually feeling quite a bit better this afternoon. I definitely still feel a little bit off (although not as bad), but I think it’s a good sign that 10 miles didn’t make it worse.
Kombucha, heal me.