Q: Do you recommend working out if you have a cold or flu?
~Sick to Workout
A: If you are sick, your immune system is trying to recreate needed homeostasis for proper body functioning. Depending on how you feel and how sick you are, you might be able to get in some cardio. Going for a jog, walk or bouncing on a trampoline will tap the aerobic system and help with circulation. You'll be able to burn some calories while working out and once done, your body might feel better with that extra oxygen boost (indicating that your body is on the mend) OR it might feel tapped out and really need to rest. In that case, REST.
Weight training is different in that you are using a different energy system (anaerobic): you are using a catabolic process (aka hypertrophy) to create tears in the muscle and then repair itself. That means that after you finish working out, your body is still in the process of repairing itself and requires needed protein to do that work. Since your body is already occupied with fighting some nasty germs in the system, you might want to therefore:
Remember that having a cold vs. the flu is not the same thing. When you have the flu, you have a fever, muscle and body aches, a sore throat, stuffed up and/or runny nose, maybe a headache, lack of concentration, and a host of other symptoms --- not exactly the ideal mind frame to want to be working out. The Bottom Line is that as with any exercise program, using your body and its signals to see where it's at are really the best measures to decide what course of action to take.
So listen to your body and do what's best for you!
To healthy days ahead,
Fit Tips & Workouts by Cat Wilson
Go ahead, Get Fit! Your Body Deserves It...and So Do You :)
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