Disease – when to work out and when to let go?

You’ve caught a common cold, have allergy or stomachache? In the majority of cases, a break in workouts will be the most reasonable, but it’s not always necessary. Find out when to unconditionally quit training and when to continue.


Runny nose

It may be a weak reason to get out of workout. We often hear about “checking the neck” at the moment when you make a decision to go or quit training. As James Johnson, a doctor from the medical center Elite Sports Medicine & Orthopedic in Nashville claims:


“If you feel the symptoms that are located above the neck – runny nose, gentle headache or sore throat, but you don’t have fever – you don’t need to quit training.”

However, it should be borne in mind that although in this case you don’t need to avoid overheating and sweating at the gym, experts recommend to decrease training intensity. “The effects of a very intensive and exhausting training may cause the drop of the level of immunity of our organism” – says Clifford Stark, who works in the center for sports medicine in Chelsea.

“When we are tired, we may more easily catch an infection and consequently – feel worse than before workout”. It is worth highlighting that despite the above reservations, studies proved that light training during these ailments is not unbeneficial to the organism.

Gastrointestinal problems

You’re not obliged to lift heavy weights at the gym if the last night you only lifted… glasses with alcohol. However, if your problems don’t result from the hangover, but you suffer from vomiting and diarrhea – you should definitely quit training. Exercises in such a state may contribute to deepening the symptoms and dehydration of the organism.

Remember that during intestinal diseases, you should take care of proper liquid supply and additionally drink electrolytes.

“A lot depends on the kind of infection you have” – says doctor Stark. If you feel that you are able to go to the gym and perform your workout – do it. However, you should definitely decrease training intensity or treat physical activity of that day as relax – go for yoga classes, for example.

You are not sure if you can work out?

If you feel tired but not as much to quit workout at the gym, you may apply a few tricks to do your workout and wisely take advantage of the activity.


Measure your body temperature to make sure you don’t have fever.

“Fever means that you organism is infected. If you expose it to additional burdens, you will only worsen your condition” – says Clifford Stark.


Decrease training intensity by 60%.

Exercises may shorted the time of your diseases, but exhausting workout may only deepen your state.


Make sure you are properly hydrated.

During diseases, it is recommended to supplement such vitamins and minerals as zinc, iron and vitamins D3, B6 and B12.


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