Sick day? To gym or not gym?

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Dr. Keith Veselik, MD, director of primary care at Loyola University Health System weighed in on the subject of working out while feeling sick at

“A general rule is that it’s okay to exercise if your symptoms are above the neck, such as a sore throat or runny nose” says Veselik.

The sickest I’ve been was a few years ago…I came down with mononucleosis. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say waking up and getting out of bed made me so tired I had to go back to sleep!! Obviously, in that condition there is no need to push it at the gym.

Keep in mind, if you’re light headed, nauseous, holding a fever, puking, etc…Working out will do you no good, you’re not going to be able to put sufficient effort into your routine and you’re likely to feel worse at the end of the day.

Take care of yourself so you can get back to your fitness routine sooner rather than later. There will always be a place for you to workout tomorrow.


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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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