“Should I exercise when I’m sick?”
Well, the basic rule in the “industry,” – my industry – not the one most commonly referred to when talking to someone in LA, if the feeling of sickness is below your head, take a day off. Therefore, if you have an upset stomach, drink plenty of water and get some rest. But if you have a cold, you can actually sweat it out. Dr. William Schaffner, of Vanderbilt University says, “It (exercise) gives you some short term relief. It will help open up your sinuses and provide some drainage.”
So is exercise the long sought cure for the common cold? Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic, says it just might. “Exercise causes your adrenalin levels to go up. Adrenalin is a chemical related to all the drugs used to treat cold symptoms. So when you exercise, you get a free shot of a natural drug.”
However, you don’t want to give your cold germs to others (especially your trainer). Wash you hands before your workout and use sanitary wipes to clean the equipment you’ve used.