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Exercising while sick: good idea or bad idea?

Asked by emilyrose (2269points) May 6th, 2008

I have had a sore throat since a couple of nights ago but I hate to do nothing. Will exercise help me snap out of it or is it best to fight the urge and just rest. What about doing something moderate? I was supposed to do a long bike ride today and now I’m sad : (

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richardhenry's avatar

A bad idea, I think. You need rest to heal up and get well. Exercising probably won’t help too much, you’ll end up feeling worse. This said, if it’s only a mild sore throat, what’s the worst that can happen? (Professional opinion required.)

Beckquador24's avatar

It isn’t the best idea to put you body under anymore strain than is necessary while you sick
Plus if you go to a gym there is a good chance you will pass on to someone who will do the same next thing you know your sick again.

cage's avatar

Actually, exercise is useful for poeple who are sick. It helps to relax. However, it really depends on what illness you have. You say you have a sore throat, if it’s hayfever, don’t go outside, if it’s contagious, don’t have contact with other people.
I always go by the rule, if you feel well enough to do it, then do it. Just stop when it gets too bad. :) hope that makes you feel better lol

figbash's avatar

I agree with Cage.

I find that whenever I’m sick, it’s good to take it easy, but that doesn’t mean succumbing to the couch entirely. I move through it by walking as much as I can and getting fresh air until I’m just too tired to do it. I really feel like this makes a big difference in how fast I get over it.

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scamp's avatar

I disagree. I think you should get some rest and let your body fight off what is ailing you before resuming exercise. If you are really fidgety, you could take a walk. But more than that would rob your body of the energy needed to get well. Feel better soon!

richardhenry's avatar

Ultimately, it’s up to you, so why not do some exercise and see what happens? If you feel worse, then stop, if you feel better, then continue.

scamp's avatar

Here is some information on how to take care of yourself if it is strep throat. But any sore throat is casued from some form of infection, so following the guidelines contained within the site I am linking you to is a good idea. If you want to get well, you need to rest. As Beckquador24 says, even if you don’t feel like resting for yourself, you should stay in to keep from spreading whatever you have to others.

gooch's avatar

Rest give your body a chance to recover

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Stretching can help, but actual working out, running, stuff like that, do not do. When you work out your body basically is damaged, and it regrows stronger. Being sick your body is already damaged and working hard to repair said damage and fight the sickness. If you excercise you will make it worse.


Palindrome's avatar

Well. Uhm i’ve had a similar experience. I had strep throat, and ended up going to b-ball practice. I mean I have mild asthma, and this was when my strep throat had just begun. My throat started hurting really bad, while I was trying to breath through the workout. I felt so uncomfortable, and you really can’t go complain or tell the coaches either. but I mean I would rest if I were you, especially if it’s a workout that’s strictly done.

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