Working Out While Sick

Today was the first day of the year where I was feeling less than myself while working out and I wondered if working out while sick was always a bad idea? Should it always be avoided or are there times to push through the pain?

When Working Out While Sick Might Be of Benefit

Working out while SickIt hit me that I might possibly be pushing it too hard. Several times in the last couple days, the energy level has been down. I’ve been pushing through and wondering all the while if my energy was going to come back?

But isn’t it normal to have the occasional “low energy” nights? Should that be a substantial reason to rest for a couple days or is it possible that pushing through is just what the body needs? After all, it takes energy to create energy.

Tonight, I just wasn’t sure I could even get started and my throat had a slight uncomfortable feeling. I definitely thought about just taking a day and not doing anything. But since I had committed to a full 30 days, I just couldn’t do it!

The result? I had the best cardio workout of the month! I even beat my personal best for calories spent. I left feeling better than I had all day. My throat pain went completely away and I was quite happy with my decision.

Working Out While Sick Usually a Bad Idea

I have a bad habit of always pushing my body too hard. I had great luck with the results today but what your doctor will likely advise is what I would say the general rule should be. If you’re sick, take a few days to rest your body.

There’s always going to be those times when we aren’t sure if we’re getting sick and I’ll admit that those are the times I always push it and hope for the best. If the body is getting sick though, working out will only accelerate the sickness so be prepared for some immediate lows after your workout if you have a virus that’s just getting started!

Here’s hoping I feel good tomorrow. Here’s what my daily 2000 calorie intake (see the calculator to figure out your own needs) consisted of today.

Sublime V Protein (1 scoop) – 152.3 Calories, 28 Protein, 6.7 Carbs, 1.5 Fat
Oatmeal 1/4 cup – 77.5 Calories, 2.5 Protein, 13.5 Carbs, 1.5 Fat
cardio
Sublime V Protein (2 scoops) – 304.6 Calories, 56 Protein, 13.4 Carbs, 3 Fat
Oatmeal (1/4 cup) – 77.5 Calories, 2.5 Protein, 13.5 Carbs, 1.5 Fat
Chest Workout
Phormula 1 (1 scoop) – 96 Calories, 23 Protein, 1 Carb, 0 Fat
Chicken Breasts (Hillshire) – 203 Calories, 38 Protein, 6 Carbs, 3 Fat
Brown Rice (125 grams) – 232 Calories, 5 Protein, 44 Carbs, 4 Fat
Green Beans (8 oz) – 72 Calories, 3 Protein, 15 Carbs
Udo’s Oil (1 Tbsp) – 126 Calories, 14 Fat
Sublime V Protein (2 scoops) – 304.6 Calories, 56 Protein, 13.4 Carbs, 3 Fat
Almond Butter (2 Tbsp) – 196 Calories, 6, 7, 16 Fat
Green Beans (8 oz) – 72 Calories, 3 Protein, 15 Carbs
Udo’s Oil (1 Tbsp) – 126 Calories, 14 Fat

I think a good appetite might be another good indicator if you’re getting sick or not. I had my 2000+ calories today and still felt very hungry and that was another reason I decided that I decided to push it.

I’d be curious to know how others feel about working out while sick.

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