I am sure that many of you have asked yourself weather exercising while you are sick is a good or a bad idea. As some of you may know I have been playing tennis mostly my entire life, and tennis is a very demanding sport like many others, but among other things it requires a lot of cardiac activity. This is a disputed topic among coaches, some will say it is best to rest until you are a 100% healthy again, and some are trying to push their players through the sickness. Personally I have had bronchitis for the past two weeks, and it was a difficult period because I could not do anything. However, although many people recommended me not to in the second week I tried doing some light cardio such as light biking for about 10 minutes. Do not get me wrong you cannot expect yourself to make it through a normal workout, those 10 minutes felt like the longest 10 minutes of my life.
If you are not too badly out of shape walking and low intensity biking are the most recommended activities. According to Precision Nutrition these activities have been proven to boost the immunity system. They are supposed to help improve the immune system because they do not put a great stress on the body, but it helps you “sweat it out” and it will help you recover faster.
An important thing to keep in mind though, is to not try to work out while you have a fever. Not only that you feel more than weak (I say this from experience), but there is a risk of actually making the fever worse, by increasing your inner body temperature (Maharam). As a result, before doing any type of exercise you should make sure that you do not have any fever, and do not get me wrong I am not saying you should not work out while you feel very sick, you should definitely give yourself some time to recover.
Finally please keep that the change of season tends to get everyone sick and your immune system will easily be weakened. Try to eat as healthy as possible and one thing that is underestimated is getting enough sleep. For the younger readers out there, I know we tend to think that we are invincible but actually going to sleep earlier from time to time and allowing ourselves a day to rest can have great benefits.
Mann, Denise. “Exercising When Sick: A Good Move?” WebMd. WEB. 28 October 2016.
Andrews, Ryan. “Exercise When Sick? “. Precise Nutrition. WEB. 28 October 2016.