Should You Exercise When You’re Sick?


I was starting to feel really down emotionally. I had been sick for a couple of days with a sore throat and not eating really well either.

At the end of day three I started to feel quite a bit better. So after everyone went to bed I hopped on my exercise bike and rode not for my usual 20 minutes, but for a full 30. Wow, I thought, this feels great.

I took a shower, went to sleep and woke up with a sore throat again. Only this time it was accompanied by an ear ache. I really messed up. Now I’m starting the healing process all over again.

Obviously I’m not a doctor, but I think that taking care of our bodies, and letting them fully heal when we have an illness is always a good idea. Sometimes when we’re trying to lose weight we’re eating less and moving more, which is usually good. But it can be taxing on our bodies too, and trying to do that when you’re not feeling good is probably not the best idea.

At least it wasn’t for me. From now on, I’m waiting until I’m fully healed before I hop back on my bike, even if it’s only for 20 minutes.



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