Reduce intensity of exercising when sick

Published on November 8, 2012 at 4:24 AM · No Comments

But, it could be dangerous to exercise if you have the following symptoms:
•Fever
•Shortness of breath or chest congestion
•Body aches
•Diarrhea or Vomiting
•If you feel dizzy or light-headed when you stand up

When making the decision he also suggests thinking about where you will be exercising and who will be exposed to your illness.

"Though sharing is usually a good thing that's not the case when it comes to germs. If you are coughing and sneezing just skip the Zumba class or basketball game and go for a walk or run by yourself instead," said Veselik. "Also, always wipe down machines at the gym. You never who was using it before you."

He also warns to not get your expectations too high when returning to a normal exercise routine.

"People need to pace themselves when getting back into their routine. You won't be able to do as much right away and that's ok. Initially, it should be 50 percent effort and 50 percent duration. Listen to your body and increase according to what it tells you," said Veselik.

Source Loyola University Health System (LUHS)

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