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Should You Weight Train When You Are Sick?

With the winter weather in full force, many people may be feeling the effects. Colds, flus, and sore throats are rampant at this time of the year and it is important that you learn when you should be working out and when you should take a break.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about working out when you’re sick and how to avoid getting sick in the first place!

So read on to find out what you should be doing when you feel those first signs of illness.

Although many people won’t want to hear this, working out when you are sick is probably not a good idea. Not only does working out tax your central nervous system, it also makes your body work harder afterward because it needs to spend energy repairing itself. There is no question that your body is smart and resilient, but sometimes you need to help it out by getting rest.

Staying home from the gym when you are sick will not only help you, it will also prevent others from catching whatever you have. Staying out of the gym when you are sick is respectful and much appreciated – no one wants to use a dumbbell you just sneezed all over!

With that being said, sometimes going for a quick walk or slow jog can make you feel better. Do this only during the beginning stages of the sickness, as it will likely run you down even more as you get sicker.

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To prevent illness, there are a couple simple things you can do. First, always wash your hands! This has been shown to fight off 90% of bacteria you encounter on a daily basis. If you don’t have access to water and soap, consider carrying around some hand sanitizer.

Try not to touch your face and drink lots of water throughout the day. Water helps flush toxins from your system and helps your body function properly. The average adult should be drinking around 1.2-1.5 liters of water each day for optimal hydration.

Along with drinking more water, make sure that you are eating foods rich in nutrients and vitamins. Adding foods high in antioxidants can help fight sickness and prevent you from getting sick in the first place. For more info, check out our article on Bodybuilder's Guide To Nutrition.

You may also want to consider purchasing a multivitamin. If you workout several times a week, there is no doubt that your body will benefit from extra vitamins and minerals. If you feel yourself getting sick, adding extra vitamin C and zinc to your diet can make a huge difference.

Vitamin C helps support a healthy immune system while zinc helps repair tissues and cells, detoxify chemicals in our body, digest food, balance blood sugar, and increase energy.

To review, workout out while you are sick is not a good idea. One extra day of working out can do more harm than good – to you and those around you. If you feel yourself getting sick, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and consider supplementing with a multivitamin, vitamin C and zinc!

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