Important Message from The Joint Chiropractic regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Read More

Working Out and Illness

By Stephen R. Farris

Chances are you've been under the weather before, but you still feel the need for it not to get you down. You go ahead and continue on to work, school and yes -- because you are dedicated to staying fit -- even your morning or afternoon workout.

Is it safe to do this? Well, that depends on what type of illness you're suffering from. If it's something like a sinus pressure, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat or ear ache, then sure. Go for it! However, you may want to reconsider when you're faced with a fever, muscle aches, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath, stomach and intestinal irregularities -- that cause you to hang close to the restroom -- then it's probably best you skip a day or two until you're better.

Staying With Your Goals

If you're illness is listed in the first set of conditions, then a workout might end up being the cure. Working up a good sweat can actually make you feel better. Keep your workout to a minimum. If you jog, try walking this time. The last thing you want to do is make things worse, so a lighter workout means less intensity on your lungs. 

Stay Put and Get Better

Maybe your routine is going to the gym everyday. But if you're sick, or not feeling up to par, the last thing you need is to go to a place where germs can be present, and since your immune system is not fully functional, the more likelihood you might end up with a few you didn't want. Stay home and find another way to workout, or simply yet, take the day off and rest. An extra day's rest never hurt anyone. Remember, if you decide to trek off to the gym, make sure to use available hand sanitizer to use after touching gym equipment and use a towel to wipe off benches and seats before and after using them. 

Did you know your local chiropractor doesn't just treat back and joint pain? That's right. They're also there to assist you with health, fitness and lifestyle advice and guidance as well. And if you are experiencing back or joint pain from your workouts, they can help with that too by examining you and discussing treatment options and for how long you'll need them.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockford, Ill.

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