Should You Exercise While Sick?

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Hitting the gym may be part of your daily routine, but when you're sick it's not always best. Dr. John Wycoff of Sparrow Health System says whether you should exercise depends on the symptoms.

A good rule of thumb is if your symptoms are above the neck such as a stuffy or runny nose or a sore throat, you should be OK to exercise, but should start slowly and see how you feel.

But if your symptoms are below the neck such as a hacking cough, body aches, chills, vomiting or diarrhea, or if you have a fever you should skip the gym.

Overdoing it with these symptoms can lead to dehydration and make your symptoms even worse.


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