Workout or Rest?

Ah, cold and flu season.  Just when we are in the groove with our workouts, we get sidelined by illness.  It often leaves us wondering, do I workout or should I rest?

The “Neck Rule” is one that I recommend.  Basically, if your illness is above the neck such as a runny or stuffy nose or sore throat, you’re probably ok to workout.  A good sweat might even help!  Below the neck, such as chest congestion, vomiting or diarrhea, stay home, drink plenty of fluids and rest.  I’ll also add in my personal recommendation.  If you workout around others in a gym, a class, or with a trainer, be considerate of others and don’t spread your germs!  Keep your workouts and your illness at home. There’s nothing worse than working out next to someone on a treadmill who is hacking and sneezing!

Listen to your body.  If your body is aching and you can hardly lift your legs, definitely rest.  A few days or even a week off won’t completely derail your goals.  After an illness, you may feel like you’re starting over again.  However, that muscle memory will kick in and you’ll be back on track in no time!


3 thoughts on “Workout or Rest?

  1. Excellent advice! Listening to your body is essential, and not only for being sick. Sometimes we’re so intent on getting a workout in, we try to push through some muscular pains, which may be better served by resting.

  2. Listening to your body is one of the most important things I teach. Our bodies were perfectly designed to self-regulate. When our bodies are telling us to stop, we need to listen or suffer burnout, injury, etc!

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