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Is It Better to Exercise or Rest When You’re Sick?

Feeling Sick

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  • Generally it is wise to avoid all but gentle exercise when you are sick as it will be an additional stressor that your body will not respond well to.
  • If you have a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, it’s usually ok to exercise, but you should reduce the intensity, aiming at a moderate level of exercise.
  • Too much exercise, especially intense exercise, should be avoided, as it will place more stress on your already stressed system and worsen or prolong your recovery.
  • If your symptoms are primarily below your neck fever, fatigue, body aches, vomiting, rather than the ones listed above, exercise should generally be avoided.
  • No matter what your symptoms, you need to be very careful and listen to your body. If you don’t feel up to exercising, don’t; get some rest instead.

By Dr. Mercola

When you’re feeling under the weather, is it better to curl up in bed for some rest or push yourself to exercise?


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