Exercising while sick

I don’t get sick very often, so when I do, it feels like death is upon me.


Yes, even colds. I’m a total wuss.

And yet at the same time, I feel this urge to be super productive and so I’m caught between my body saying “PLEASE NO” and my mind saying “PLEASE YES” but ultimately my body wins…and I go for another nap.

I read a WebMD article on whether or not it’s a good idea to exercise when you’re sick. Basically they said this:

You really need to know your limits, she says. “If you are feeling kind of bad, you may want to consider a walk instead of a run. Take the intensity down or do a regenerative activity like yoga or Pilates because if you don’t feel great, it may not be the best day to do your sprints,” says Coopersmith, the author of Fit and Female: The Perfect Fitness and Nutrition Game Plan for Your Unique Body Type.

I totally get that. I love walking – it keeps me sane during work and gives me a break in my day. And walking while sick, in my opinion, is just the immunity booster I’m hoping will help me recover faster.

But here’s the rub for me: if the weather is crappy and I’m feeling crappy, then I’m retreating into my cave, Grinch-style.


It’s a conundrum – especially in winter.

If I’m feeling a little up to it, I’ll do some push ups, squats, lunges, and other exercises, all of which can be done without even changing my clothes. Otherwise, I’ll probably be kicking back and watching Brooklyn Nine Nine, Gravity Falls, or a new favorite: Chopped.


  1. I’m the worst at working out when I’m sick – I will take any excuse to relax instead of going to the gym. But I also feel like it’s my body’s way of telling me to slow down and rest, so I don’t mind listening to it!


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