Thursday, December 18, 2008

I Must Apologize. I Was Wrong!

My boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go work out with him tonight. We both belong to the same club. I said "I can't, I'm still fighting this head cold and it's not good to work out when your sick" He says, "now where did you hear that, on some blog?" I said "well it's just common knowledge and I've heard that all my life."

He wasn't buying what I was selling. I told him I'd research it today and get back to him. So I go to the trusty old Mayo gospel. Here's what "THEY" say:

Winter sniffles and colds can make you feel miserable, but are you too sick to exercise? When you should skip a day of exercise in favor of rest?

Got the sniffles? Tough it out.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is safe to workout if your symptoms are “above the neck.” Happily, exercise may make your runny nose, stuffed-up sinuses, or sore throat feel better.

Are you coughing? Give it a rest.
Postpone your workout if you have chest congestion or tightness. That hacking cough will likely get worse with exertion. Wait until your symptoms improve to resume your workout routine.

Is your stomach upset? Take a break.
Vomiting and diarrhea can easily lead to dangerous dehydration. Don’t stress your system further with exercise.

Got a fever? Stay in bed.
Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Edward Laskowski, M.D., indicates exercising with a fever can be dangerous and could cause inflammation of the heart muscle. If you have a fever, extreme fatigue, or widespread muscle aches, sleep and allow your body to heal before resuming your routine.

Use common sense.
Great advice. I think I'll stay home tonight and not go workout!
Listen to your body when you are under the weather. Slow down or stop if your symptoms get worse. When you feel better, ease back into exercise, especially if you are weakened after a long bout with the flu or a fever.

Stay healthy and strong this Winter!!

Do you workout when your feeling sick?

Happy Thursday!

- Jennifer


Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I THINK STRONGLY about doing it, but find it very easy to exscuse not doing it....

Janie said...

Ummmmm. no. I get all self-righteous and sanctimonious.

"What if I'm contagious? I'd hate to give this to everyone else."

I'm a martyr that way.

Captain Dumbass said...

I have a three and five year old so I've been sick since October.

No, I'm just lazy.