You have been so great about your new exercise routine, rarely missing a day since you started up again. Then all of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu.
What should you do? Should you skip the treadmill or forsake that 10 minutes of Vibration for a late afternoon nap? Will it be hard to get started again if you skip a day or two?
Even if you are ill (especially if you are ill), you must try to exercise! If all you can do is hobble around the bed with a walker, do it. Do one lap around the block the first day, and two the next. Ultimately, get to a place where you are doing some weight bearing exercise, some cardio, some stretching, and some breathing exercises. Cycle through them on a day-by-day basis, but do something every day.
However the answer as to whether this will actually aid in your recovery depends on what ails you. For example, exercising with a cold may be OK, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the treddy is a definite no-no.
Fever is unfortunately the limiting factor. The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker.
So the rule of thumb of exercising when sick? Do what you can do, and if you can’t do it, then don’t! Most people who are fit tend to feel worse if they stop their exercise, but if you have got a bad case of the flu and can’t lift your head off the pillow, then chances are you won’t want to go run around the block.