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When following a fitness program, and missing a few days due to sickness, what’s the best course of action?

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Asked by: Michael Winn

Should you follow your exercise program if you are sick?

If you’re diagnosed with the flu, it’s best to take it easy and avoid exercise while you’re experiencing symptoms. If you’re experiencing symptoms like a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or a productive cough, taking time off from the gym may be the best option for both your own recovery and the safety of others.

How do I get my fitness back after being sick?

One of the safest ways to wake up your muscles after an illness is by starting with isometric exercises. Isometric exercises are done with your body completely still so you are not moving through large ranges of motion, can be done with almost every muscle in the body, and can be performed anywhere.

How do you maintain fitness when sick?

Anyone who chooses to work out while sick can keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Stay hydrated. Hydration is always important but is vital while the body recovers from sickness. …
  2. Balance electrolytes. …
  3. Eat a balanced diet. …
  4. Avoid overexertion. …
  5. Avoid the gym. …
  6. Listen to the body.

When can I resume exercise after illness?

Once your fever breaks, you should wait at least a few days before resuming exercise. During this time, Dr. Cardone recommends staying well hydrated, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding overexertion.

Should you workout when sick with Covid?

Recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people diagnosed with COVID-19, with or without symptoms, generally should isolate for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms or after a positive test. So, that means no exercising during that time, too, Lobelo said.

Should you exercise when sick with Covid?

Montero says it’s best to stick with bed rest for a few days until your symptoms subside. “We recommend you postpone exercise if you have symptoms ‘below the neck,’ such as chest congestion, hacking cough and upset stomach. And if you have a fever, it’s best to give your body a few days to rest and recovery,” he says.

Is it okay to take 3 rest days?

“However, following long periods of extensive exercise, the body’s metabolic system may be stressed to its limit, therefore it is advised for anywhere from a minimum of 3-7 days of complete rest, hydration and sleep.