Keeping fit and active is something that we should all aspire to. But for some people, exercise is a way of life and any disruption to it can cause you to not feel like yourself. So when it comes to exercise and illness, when should you take it easy?
Why you shouldn’t exercise when you’re ill:
It’s true that exercise can make you feel better when you’re not feeling your best. It can get the blood flowing and produce endorphins that make feel better. But sometimes you’re doing more harm than good.
Exercising at the wrong time can make you feel worse, prolonging your illness and making it take even longer before you can get back to your exercise routine.
If you’re trying to exercise through an injury in the hope that it will just go away, you could actually be making it worse and doing permanent damage to your muscles and joints.
Finally, illness can make you prone to injury, less coordinated and you could have a serious fall if you become disorientated.
1. Your illness makes you dizzy
While exercise can help us shake off the cobwebs when we’re feeling a little under the weather, there are times when it could be dangerous. If you’re feeling dizzy or are having vertigo treatment then moving around too much could cause you to fall and really hurt yourself. Wait until the dizziness has passed and you have the all-clear from the doctor.
2. It’s painful
There’s a saying ‘no pain, no gain’ when it comes to exercise. That’s not really true as exercise should never be painful as this could indicate you’re doing some damage. Sure, you want to push yourself and feel challenged but there is a big difference between comfort and pain.
3. You have a fever
If you have the sniffles, doing some exercise can really perk you up and get the blood flowing. But if you’re dealing with a heavy cold or the flu which involves a fever and muscle aches, you’re better off resting up and looking after yourself.
4. You don’t know what the issue is
Knowing when you can exercise is only possible if you know what’s wrong with you. Otherwise, how can you know if it’s safe to exercise without making yourself worse?
5. You’re too tired
Yes, exercise can energize you when you’re feeling tired. But at a certain point of tiredness, it’s better just to rest and recoup your energy. Being too tired can cause you to lose form when exercising, which can cause injury and lead to not being able to exercise for even longer.
A regular exercise routine is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing which is why it can be difficult to rest up if you’re ill. Rather than worrying about a week or two of missed workouts, view it as rest time to let you recover properly so that you can return to exercise safely when you’re feeling better.