One of the benefits of physical activity is a better immune system. Sadly, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t ever get sick. Yet skipping a workout doesn’t sit right with you. You wouldn’t want to lose all those fitness gains, right?

Luckily, it’s all right to exercise if you’re sick, as long as all the symptoms are above the neck. You can still exercise if you have a sore throat or runny nose. On the other hand, drop the dumbbells if you feel any of these symptoms below the neck. 1

Fever

Exercise is an absolute no-no at this point. With a fever, your body temperature is already rising. That workout of the day will just raise your body temperature even more. 2

Go to the hospital if your body temperature reaches or exceeds 103 F or 39.4 C. When you have a fever, constantly check up on it by using a thermometer.

Upset Stomach

Diarrhea and vomiting will leave you’re body dehydrated. Exercise will only dehydrate you even greater. While you rest, make sure to drink lots of water to rehydrate yourself. 3

Cough

You can have a dry cough or a productive cough. A dry cough is when nothing is coughed out. Productive coughing means that you’re coughing up phlegm. It’s fine to exercise with a dry cough, but if you have productive coughs, skip the workout. That’s because productive coughs can mess with your breathing during exercise. 4

Source(s):

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20058494
  2. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2017/12/can-you-exercise-while-youre-sick/
  3. https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/reasons-to-skip-a-workout.aspx
  4. https://www.verywellhealth.com/should-you-exercise-when-youre-sick-770457