Should You Exercise Sick?


With spring peeking its head from around the corner, the general consensus is that winter has overstayed its welcome. Along with the changing seasons and temperatures come the inevitable stuffy or runny noses, sore throats and head colds. If you’re still trying to adhere to your New Year’s resolution, you might see these as deterrents, but you might want to think twice before interrupting your workout regimen.


If you wake up in the morning with a cold and you’re feeling a little groggy, it’d be a good idea to have someone roll you out of bed and encourage you to power right on through it. Planning on hitting the gym with a cold and scared that you’re contagious? It’s safe to say that the common cold is common enough, so no need to take any extra precautions beyond wiping down the equipment after using it.


The only thing that should keep you from the gym is a fever. A fever is usually the indication of an infection, so of course, there’s the contagious factor. Aside from that, the real risk is possibly raising your internal body temperature during the exercise, potentially making you even sicker. So, if the thermometer reads greater than 101 degrees, sit this one out.


Plain and simple, do what you can do, keep it light, and if you feel like you can’t do it, don’t. If the symptoms are below your neck (flu, stomach issues, fever, etc.), stay away from the gym and do not workout. If it’s all above your neck and in your head, keep on trucking.