Training when sick?

20 Jul

I’ve been offline for the last week or so as both my husband, baby M and I all got sick and it’s been a nightmare. Luckily I wasn’t too bad so it meant I could keep going for everyone but meant I was really tired and visits to the gym went out the window.

I know a good number of people that come rain or shine and sick or not they still train.

Do you train when sick?cold

As soon as I feel unwell I cut right back on training especially cardio and when in a gym environment I am a strong believer that I shouldn’t go as I could pass whatever it is I have onto other people and that’s not fair not to mention I could make myself even worse.

As a runner I really do take it seriously when sick as I have been in a number of races over the last 11 years where people have lined up on the start line and someone has died! A lot of the time it has been an experienced runner who had a virus and didn’t realise they had a virus and thought it was just a cold and pushed it with a fatal result.

Here are a few tips to consider when feeling under the weather and wondering whether to train *

1. Feeling warm?

If you have a high temperature then that can be a good indication that you should take things easy or lay off training completely. Get yourself along to the doctor rather than the gym!

2. Slow down

Feeling slightly under the weather but still want to train – just slow down – instead of those sprints maybe consider an elevated walk, weights or a slow jog and see how it goes. Struggling when slowing down then it’s definitely time to to go to the doctor and stop training.

3. Know your body 

You know yourself better than anyone and if you really do not feel right then simply don’t train. It’s not worth it in the long run you will make things worse and end up unable to train for a lot longer than if you had rested when not feeling well at the start.

Further reading

Womens Health & Fitness published a great article about training when sick you might find interesting too.

*please note these are just my opinions and I am not a qualified doctor/trainer etc so always consult your doctor/physician when starting exercise or feeling unwell or if you have questions regarding your exercise.

4 Responses to “Training when sick?”

  1. Matilda Iglesias (@MatildaIglesias) July 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I don’t train when I’m sick, your body is under stress, you don’t need to add more stress to it by training.
    Hope you are feeling better, nothing worse when everyone in the house is sick.

    • Zoe July 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi Matilda very sensible not to train when sick. I’m feeling much better thanks 🙂

  2. Miranda July 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    I usually don’t train if I’m ill as I don’t want to make myself worse but also I just don’t feel like it! However, I’m just getting over a cold so am not 100% well but have started training again 🙂

    • Zoe July 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Hi Miranda sorry to hear you’ve been sick 😦 It seems to be going around at the moment! Hope the training goes ok 🙂

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