Thursday 03/23/2017

mybesthealthportal.net : The leading source for health, fitness, weight loss, nutrition and anti aging health and wellness information


CONNECT :

Top Fitness Headlines

Get a Thick V Taper Back with Bent Over …

Get a Thick V Taper Back with Bent Over Rows

The bent over row is an excellent exercise for the development of a and powerful back. It is also a ... Read more

Should I Exercise when I am Sick? Featured

Rate this item
(1 Vote)

sick in the gymCold and flu season has arrived. Though your nose may be running, your throat a bit scratchy and your body aching, many people wonder should you hit your local the gym to exercise and "sweat it out" or should you rest?

“We all know that exercise is key to good health, but there are times that your body may need a break,” said Keith Veselik, MD, director of primary care at Loyola University Health System. “Having to slow down when you’re sick is Mother Nature’s way of saying don’t push it and it’s reasonable to pay attention to that.”

According to Veselik whether a person should exercise or take a rest can be disease specific.

When we are battling an illness, our bodies use energy combat the illness. Adding an extra stress, such as exercise, may be OK for a relatively healthy person battling a cold, however it can be dangerous for a person with a heart condition. A person with diabetes may need to monitor blood glucose levels more often, especially if one is not eating and drinking normally, as being ill may raise glucose levels and exercise may lower them. If you do have a medical condition and are not sure if you should exercise while sick Veselik suggests you call your doctor.

A general rule is that it’s ok to exercise if your symptoms are above the neck, such as a sore throat or runny nose, Veselik says.

“If you aren’t feeling well, but still want to exercise, lower your expectations about what you can do. You don’t necessarily need to be in bed all day, but you can’t expect to have the same level of energy as you would if you weren’t sick,” said Veselik.

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

When making the decision whether to exercise Veselik 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,” says Veselik. “Also, always wipe down machines at the gym. You never who was using it before you.”

Veselik 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 exercise 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.

Last modified on Friday, 15 November 2013 10:21
Login to post comments

Sponsors

Advertisers

RSS

Most Viewed Articles

Most Recent Comments

Stock Market

Loading
Chart
o Dow Jones 20,656.58 ▼4.72 (-0.02%)
o S&P 500 2,345.96 ▼2.49 (-0.11%)
o NASDAQ 5,817.69 ▼3.95 (-0.07%)
INDEXDJX:.DJI

Dow Jones

Company ID [INDEXDJX:.DJI] Last trade:20,656.58 Trade time:4:45PM EDT Value change:▼4.72 (-0.02%)
INDEXSP:.INX

S&P 500

Company ID [INDEXSP:.INX] Last trade:2,345.96 Trade time:4:45PM EDT Value change:▼2.49 (-0.11%)
INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC

NASDAQ

Company ID [INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC] Last trade:5,817.69 Trade time:5:15PM EDT Value change:▼3.95 (-0.07%)

Facebook Fans

Tools

Nutrition Tools

nutrition tools
Our nutrition tools include free food management systems, meal calculators and a search tool that provides nutrient and calorie content of 7,146 different foods.

Weight Loss Tools

weight-loss-tools
Our weight loss tools and calculators can give you the edge you need to can help you reach your weight loss goals and maintain your weight . They are free to and easy to use.

Metabolic Tools

bmi_tool
Use our free metabolic tools and calculators to determine your ideal body weight, your target heart rate, BMI, BMR and more.

Health Tools

doctors_health_tools
Our health tools and health calculators can help you reach your goals and control your health, nutrition and more. It's easy and free to get started.
External links are provided for reference purposes. The World News II is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. Template Design © Joomla Templates | GavickPro. All rights reserved.

Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the MyBestHealthPortal.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The information on this site is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Placement of product information or advertisements does not constitute and endorsement of the products of services described. MyBestHealthPortal.com is a registered trademark of the Behar Health Network.

Login or Register

Facebook user?

You can use your Facebook account to sign into our site.

Log in with Facebook

LOG IN

Register

User Registration
or Cancel