Colds and Flu
When would illness stop you from working out and when it should not? There are some people who use any excuses to avoid working out and there are others who do themselves harm by working out when they are sick – when should you skip your workout?
Here is my basic rule of thumb, if I have a temperature or flu-like symptoms (vomiting, dihrhea, etc) then I skip working out. These serious sympoms mean that the body is trying to fight off something big. The last thing you want to do to your weakened body in this situation is to stress it further with an intense workout. Let your body heal itself and get rest.
If I just have a normal cold then I workout as normal, including the cardio. I always have to drag myself into a workout like this but I am always VERY glad I did afterward. I know this is gross but I find the cardio exceptionally helpful when I have a cold as it seems to really clear the head and nasal passages out and puts the snot factory into high gear. Who knows, this nasal flushing might even help get over the cold faster. The only thing I know for sure is that I feel much better after working out. I also find that when I workout when I have a cold that I have really good workouts, for some reason my focus seems to improve when sick.