I don’t feel good. Should I still exercise?

I have been sick for the last 3 day’s and I gotta say .. I am soo over it.  It just so happened that I got sick the day I started my plan to eliminate all sugars.  Although one did not have anything to do with the other, it is frustrating none-the-less.  So, I was faced with the question “should I exercise while I am sick“?  What a great question that is!  Many of us have had to ask that same question at times in our health journey.  I know that in the past, I have exercised while sick, but many times, because of the head pressure and the coughing, I have sat the exercise thing out and allowed myself to heal first.  To answer this question, I had to go the “experts” and see if this is as simple as a “yes” or “no“.

During  my research I found some interesting answers.  As you know, I am a HUGE believer in the concept that every body is different, and you know your body better than anyone else does.  So, the answer to that question, basically comes down to how you are feeling and what you think your body will allow you to do for exercise.  Now, with that being said, there was a general consensus in my research that, if the illness has settled in the respiratory system and there is congestion and coughing, then exercising should be the last thing on the agenda.  Rest and recovery would have to take priority here.  The same thing goes, if there is a fever involved.  Exercising will only increase our body temperature and since our body temperature is already increased, then exercise would potentially make the illness worse.  On the other hand, if the illness is merely a cold and there is no fever or respiratory issues, then YOU make the decision based on how you feel.  You know your body better than anyone.  It really is as simple as that.

We exercise because we want healthier bodies.  Exercising and proper nutrition will certainly help us live healthier lives.  But, we cannot control when mother nature decides to get involved and place a speed bump in our health journey.  Living a healthy lifestyle, includes taking care of our bodies when they are under the weather.  As long as we eat right, exercise, and keep our mental state in balance, life will take care of itself and we will be able to inspire and encourage others to make the life changes they need to make to live long healthy lives as well.



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