Sick is a relative term and what you may think of as being sick may not necessarily be the same for someone else. That being said, the cold and the flu are the most common ailments that plague people during the winter months. First, you should be aware whether you have the cold or the flu. Cold symptoms may include the following: runny nose; nasal congestion; sneezing; coughing; sore throat; muscle and joint aches and pains; and possibly a headache. Flu symptoms may consist of the following: fever; coughing; sore throat; muscle and joint aches and pains; and possibly chills. "Fever" is italicized here because it is the obvious distinguishing characteristic of the flu. Check your body temperature with a thermometer in your mouth. If it reads more than 98.6 degrees fahrenheit, you may have a fever.
If you have a fever, it's NOT a good idea to workout. The flu is indicative of an infection and tearing up muscle fibers in the gym with a compromised immune system is unwise. In this case, It's best to stay home, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids. Let your body do its thing to recover and get healthy.
If you have the cold, it MAY be a good idea to workout depending on the severity of the cold. Of course, there is the risk of infecting others within the gym but this can be reduced by washing your hands often and avoid touching your face. If you're coughing and sneezing a lot, then do NOT go to the gym and instead workout at home. Cardio is a great exercise to perform when you have a cold because it can break up the mucus within your sinuses and clear up the lungs. I have done some light outdoor jogging when sick with the cold and have felt much better after the run.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.