Well, I was right.
Not only did my daughter have finals last week, we both were sick. She missed school on Wednesday and Friday. My daughter managed to go to school until lunch time on Thursday and took four exams. I was home from work on Friday with the worst sinus headache that I can remember. I have been recovering from my cold all weekend and still do not feel that great.
Should you exercise when you are sick? Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic answers:
Yes, you can continue with mild or moderate activity if you have a cold with no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better — by temporarily relieving nasal congestion.
So how do you determine if you're too sick to exercise? Here's a good rule of thumb: If your symptoms are "above the neck" — such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat — you can proceed with your workout.
However, if your symptoms are "below the neck" — such as chest congestion or tightness, hacking cough, or upset stomach — you should postpone your workout. Also, you shouldn't exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches. Rarely, exercising with a fever has been associated with inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis).
As always, use common sense. If you're not feeling well but still want to exercise, reduce the intensity of your workout and listen to your body. If your symptoms worsen with exercise, stop and rest. Missing a few days of exercise isn't the end of the world.
What did I decide?
I decided that I am going to workout at home tonight. I will spend some time on the Tai Chi form and find a good On Demand workout from Exercise TV. It will save me thirty minutes in travel time. As a bonus, I can spend the extra time reviewing two digit division with my daughter. She has to take her Math and English exam tomorrow morning before her class picnic.
What is your experience with working out when you are sick? Does it make you feel better...or worse?