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Q: Should you workout when you're feeling sick?

It starts with a tickle in your throat, then a headache, then an overwhelming sense of fatigue, and you realize: you’re getting sick.

You know you should drink extra fluids, rest, and avoid alcohol, but should you exercise or stay home?

The answer depends

It depends on the type and severity of your illness.

If it’s just a mild cold, it’s okay to work out, and exercising might even boost your immunity. You might need to dial back the intensity on the days you’re sick -- let your body be your guide.

A good rule of thumb is if your symptoms are above the neck -- sinus congestion, headache, sore throat -- it’s okay to exercise moderately. If it's below the neck (in your lungs or tum tum then generally you should focus on resting instead.

This should go without saying but you should stay home if you have the flu, fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting. Get extra rest, and let your body recover. It’s also important to avoid spreading germs and making other people in the gym sick!

When you have the flu, give yourself at least three to five days of rest, and don’t return to the gym until you’ve been fever free for at least 24 hours.

If you’re sick and not sure about working out, send us a message! We can help you decide.

And feel better!

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