Should You Go To The Gym When You Are Sick? That Depends On These Factors

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By: Krystle Crossman

When you are sick the last thing that you feel like doing is working out. You just want to lie in bed with some fluids. Some people have a specific workout regimen that they don’t want to mess up just because they are sick. There are instances where it is okay to get up and go to the gym and others where you should just stay at home.

1. Flu/Fever – This is one sickness that you should stay at home with. If you have a fever you are going to dehydrate much quicker than you would normally. This could cause a big problem while you are working out. If you have a fever that is higher than 100 degrees and you go to the gym to do your workout you could actually increase your risk for and inflammation in your heart. You should be resting when you have a fever and make sure that your fever is gone for a full 24 hours before you try to go back to the gym. While you are trying to fight the fever and all of the other symptoms that come with the flu your body uses a lot of energy which is why you end up feeling so tired. If you work out that energy has to be split between your workout and fighting off the virus that has invaded your body. The less energy spent on fighting the sickness the longer it takes to get better.

2. Cold – If you have the sniffles and mild symptoms that don’t include a fever you should be fine going into work out.

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