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The Right Way To Work Out When You’re Sick
Remember that overall health comes first, so if you're bed-bound, skip the workout to focus on recovery. However, it's possible in some cases — just follow these guidelines.
Medical experts say if your symptoms occur "above the neck," it's okay to engage in physical activities, albeit at a milder intensity and for a shorter duration.
Mayo Clinic clears having a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and minor sore throat as "above the neck." "Exercise may even help you feel better," the website added.
If you have the energy to work out, reduce the intensity and duration of the workout by about 50%, as physician Dr. Vikas Patel suggested to Cleveland Clinic.
"Below the neck" symptoms often indicate something more serious that requires rest, medication, and a doctor's consultation. Working out can exacerbate the symptoms.
You should never work out while with a fever, even a mild one. Fever dysregulates body temperature and increases its metabolic demands and the rate of hydration.
Some "above the neck" symptoms should be taken very seriously. These include the presence of phlegm, constant hacking, dizziness, and ear pain.