So I committed to training for a 10K. However, 3 of the 4 weeks in January, I had some form of illness. The question I had was should I continue my training or take a break. The good news is: if you are exercising on a regular basis you are less likely to get sick. However, once you become ill follow these guidelines:
- When symptoms are from the neck up, moderate exercise is best. Moderate means walking or an easy elliptical routine. Lifting weights or intense running is not recommended.
- If you are coming down with something take it easy. Strenuous exercise may make your symptoms worse or your illness last longer.
- If your symptoms have gone below your neck such as aches and pains, swollen glands, or chest congestion you should stay home.
- If you have a fever, you should not workout.
- It is recommended to take two weeks off if you have the flu or a respiratory infection. Once you have recovered, go slow. Picking up where you left off may lead to a rebound illness. (Take it from me—being sick 3 times in January was not fun).
The benefits of exercise are great, and include improving your mood, lowering your cholesterol, and helping control your weight just to name a few. Just remember to always listen to your body.