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Exercising While Sick

beaver creek

beaver creek


It’s about that time of year again! Temperatures are dropping…leaves are changing…..and snot is dribbling out your nose. Sexy isn’t it? My biggest concern these days isn’t really me it’s Brooke. I hate when she’s sick (obviously). It is torture listening to her try to sleep at night with a stuffy nose. If only I could communicate to her how to blow her nose…what a difference it would make! But being the 1 year old she is, she wants nothing near her nose especially tissue or saline drops.

halloween baby

halloween baby

Since we live in the same house, when she’s sick, I’m (usually) sick too. I have a bit of an obsession (I think it’s a healthy one though) with working out. I just really enjoy it that’s why I’m assuming it’s a healthy obsession…makes sense right? Being sick sort of puts a damper on hitting the gym but there are different levels of sickness. So, when should you NOT workout?

First of all, even if you have a cold (nothing serious) if you don’t feel like working out, don’t do it. I am a firm believer that sleep is the best thing for you body whether you’re sick or hung over or whatever it is. So don’t feel guilty if you just want to lay on the couch for a day…give yourself a break.


If you want to workout though, the general rule of thumb is anything above the neck like runny nose, sore throat, even head ache, and you’re probably okay to hit the gym. Below the neck, like coughing, body aches, or a fever and you should probably stay home.

If I’m feeling under the weather, I usually hit the gym still but keep it minimal like go to a yoga class or just lift weights. I typically stay away from running or HIIT. There is certainly nothing wrong with a little walk either.

The bottom line is, don’t feel bad about NOT working out. Take care of yourself and you’ll be back to it in no time!


Do you workout when you’re sick or take it easy?

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