Many committed gym goers suddenly face a huge dilemma at some point – it happens when they get sick. It can be the flu, a mere cold or any other issues that do not require them to stay in bed. In this case, should they stick to their training schedule or keep busy with lighter activities? To answer this question, let’s take a look at what happens inside the body as we get sick.
Our body- when we get sick
The system fights the disease, which means that it allocates part of its resources and energy to managing the symptoms and annihilating the virus or whatever is causing the trouble. You may be feeling low or drained out. The priorities change within the body and so should be for your conscious mind.
Also, the medications you may be taking will put an additional load on the system and especially on certain organs. Your stomach and liver will be ‘working overtime’, to say so, in order to process the medication. Your kidneys will usually be overworked as well, since these will have to manage the liquids and the toxins effectively. Do not exhaust your organs further, especially if you are one to take many supplements such as protein powders.
What are your symptoms?
This question can help you make a difference between a light and a more severe issue. If you only experience a running nose and a sore throat, without any other symptoms below the neck, your body will be able to handle a training session (however, you may want to do this at home, so you don’t spread the bug at the gym). If you have any symptoms that involve the chest and the lungs, or your muscles feel sore, then it’s better to rest instead.
Do not mask your symptoms
Do not suppress or mask the symptoms by diminishing them with painkillers or fever reducing medication. You might feel better apparently, but the illness will still be running its course and consuming your energy, possibly draining you out.
Should you workout?
It will also be counter-productive if you are trying to gain muscle. The strain in the muscular fiber plus the general stress coming with the illness will take up all the resources and might even weaken your muscles. The nutrient intake may simply not be enough to cover the damage of such additional stress.
High intensity training reduces the immune system response. If you find yourself on a tight schedule, as a competition draws near and you must exercise, then do cardio or low intensity exercise, which doesn’t put much stress on the body. Take time to recover completely.
Never overestimate your capability of dealing with both a disease and intense training. Of course, there is also the version of learning this lesson the hard way, like it has happened to many.
I recommend these Vitamin C supplements when you are sick.
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