If you are unsure of what to do when feeling ill, then this article will guide you in the direction on what to do from the present to the future.
Jennifer Bayliss is a fitness expert and coach at Everyday Health. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a AFAA certified personal trainer, and holds both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in exercise science.
Since germs are easily spread (and caught) at the gym, try to find other ways to exercise if possible. However, if you do go to the gym, be considerate of others. Wash your hands before you go, wipe down any equipment you use and apply hand sanitizer throughout your workout to lessen the spread of germs.
If you feel like you want to do something active but just can’t fathom your normal workout, consider scaling back on the intensity. Go for a walk instead of a run. Do some yoga instead of strength training. Decreasing the intensity of your workouts makes breathing during the workout easier and is less taxing on your immune system. If you find that the physical exertion makes you feel worse rather than better, stop and rest until you are well again.
Notice a pattern? If your symptoms are above the neck, it is typically okay to exercise. If your symptoms are below the neck, you should probably consider taking advantage of that rest day.