Working Out When You’re Sick
Working out when you’re sick can be safe (depending on your symptoms), but you may want to take some extra precautions if you choose to do so. First, you may want to consider working out from home as a common courtesy to prevent spreading any sickness to others. Often times I will just go for a family walk instead of my normal trip to the gym.
If you decide to go to the gym here are some tips to help prevent spreading germs:
-Use a tissue! When you need to cough or sneeze use a tissue instead of your bare hands or clothing. Using a tissue will help to minimize the amount of germs you spread around and help to keep you from prolonging your sickness as well as help prevent others else from catching it.
-Wipe off any equipment you use. Most gyms have sanitizing wipes and/or sprays, make sure you use them! This is a great habit to get into even when you aren’t sick- you’ll help keep the gym sanitary while helping yourself not catch anything someone else may have left behind.
-Throw away used tissues right away. Don’t wait until the end of your set, just do it right then. The longer that tissue sits around the longer the bacteria has to grow and spread and contaminate whatever it’s touching.
-Wash your hands really well with soap and water or hand sanitizer before and after your workout.
** These are great tips to follow even if you aren’t sick but it appears that others may be.
Nutrition during sickness:
Antioxidants and Vitamin C are SO important to help prevent and heal sicknesses. When I feel a cold coming on, I usually take some extra Vitamin C, like Emergen-C, and eat as many rich antioxidant foods as possible. One of my favorites is Matcha Green Tea powder. MRM makes a great Matcha Superfood Powder, and it has a ton of Antioxidants and an added bonus of caffeine! Matcha always helps me fight a cold!
Eat enough! Help give your body power by not depriving yourself of protein and veggies. Another thing that feels really good is beef broth, or chicken broth, as well as coconut water!
Be courteous and know your body. You may also need to keep or workouts shorter and less intense than you typically do. It is ok to take a break from your usual routine and choose a walk or modified home workout instead. Take care of yourself.