It seems like every time you get your workout regimen rolling and good habits built up, that’s when you get sick, generally with a cold. Suddenly, your good habits are under attack and your progress plateaus or decreases. While this is a normal situation every active person faces, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. A lot of people don’t just work out to get stronger; they do it for stress management and emotional benefits. Being unable to work out because you’re sick can be a double blow: you feel sick and stressed, and there doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it. Well, that isn’t always the case.

Even when your body is fighting off germs, it can benefit from being active. The key is changing your activity to give your body a boost without stealing the energy and resources it needs to win your health back. In today’s blog, we’re going to share a few workouts that can speed your recovery and a few workouts you should avoid.

The Best and Worst Sickie Workouts

Worst: Endurance Running

Too much exercise at a high level puts significant strain on your immune system. If you’re training for a long distance race and you get sick, skip the weekend long run. You need to give your body to recover before you ask it to go and go and go.

Best: Jogging

If you’re sick, you don’t have to skip that long run completely; instead, you can go on a short, light jog that will get your blood moving and probably clear out your respiratory system. Of course, if it makes you feel worse, stop and give your body a break.

Worst: Gym Running Machines

If you want to get a run in but it’s cold outside and you don’t want to run in it, the gym can seem pretty tempting. If you’re considering hitting the gym, take a minute and think if you would want someone else with your symptoms to be working out beside you. You may need to do your gym mates a solid and just stay home for a lighter workout until you aren’t contagious.

Best: Dancing

Dancing can be a great way to get moving. Cardio classes, Zumba classes, or just dancing while you clean the house can lower your cortisol levels and encourage your body to produce antibodies. They are generally low impact and can be more gentle than jogging.

Here’s the good news: people who work out tend to get sick less than people who don’t work out. By building good habits when you’re healthy and consistently staying active, you can reduce the amount of time you spend sick. When you do get sick, don’t psych yourself out about it. Everyone gets sick, and in the long run, a cold will not derail your journey. Find ways to stay active if you depend on the stress relief, and focus on taking care of yourself. Our personal training staff can help you stay motivated and on-track even when you can’t come to the gym. Contact us in Cramston today!