When You Should Not Exercise May 16, 2017 17:50

Exercise does the body good, but it's not always a good idea. You know that exercising is important and can make you feel good, but here are some instances when exercise can be dangerous.

Listen to your body and the cues it is giving you and decide if exercise is right at that time,”

If you have a fever…

Stay home and rest. A fever shows that the body’s immune system is battling an infection - - and doesn't need to deal with stress from exercise on top of that. If you decide to exercise with a fever, be alert for overheating and dehydration, since body fluids decrease when you have a fever.

If you have a cold…

A cold can make you miserable, but it doesn't rule out exercise. Experts say moderate- intensity workouts are OK when you have a common cold. If you go to a gym when you have a cold, use hand sanitizer and wipe off any surfaces you touch so you don’t contaminate your gym buddies. The bottom line: It's understandable if you choose to take it easy, but exercising with a cold doesn't seem to make you sicker.

If you have the flu…

Head to your sofa, not the gym. Skip your workout until you recover. With the flu comes a fever, so heed the rule not to exercise when you have a fever.

Asthma Flare-up?

If the flare-up was due to a respiratory infection, skip your workout for a few days and see a doctor if symptoms persist. Otherwise, if your doctor has said exercise is safe for you, and your asthma is well-controlled, it may be appropriate to work out. Be sure to start slowly and warm up for 10 minutes. Low-to-moderate intensity, intermittent exercise, or

If you have sore muscles….

 You can go to the gym, but make it a light-intensity workout, such as walking instead of running. It's also OK to skip your workout and rest, if the soreness is too severe. And if your muscles are super sore because you overdid it the last time you exercised, make a point of making your workouts more reasonable.

 

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