It is that time of year when everyone you know is sick. Being sick isn’t fun for a lot of reasons, and you often don’t feel like doing anything which can really mess up your training schedule. So, is it okay to run when you are sick? The answer probably depends on how sick you are.
Sick with the Cold
If you only have a cold, some people believe they can “run the cold out.” Running under five miles when you have a cold can be good to clear your sinuses and sweating is good to release toxins from your body. However, make sure you take it easy and drink plenty of fluids when running with a cold. You may even want to take a towel with you to spit, cough, and clear out your nose and throat as long as you don’t gross out your running partners!
Sick with the Flu or Fever
If you have the flu or a fever, you will probably want to wait until you feel better to run. It makes no sense to force yourself to run when you have a hard time getting off the couch. It is best to get over your illness as soon as you can and run cautiously as you are able until the illness passes.
Proper Nutrition Can Prevent Illness
Organic Life Vitamins from Natural Vitality are a great supplement to meet most of your daily nutritional needs; more specifically, it is an athlete’s version of a multi-vitamin. This whole-food-based blend of essential vitamins, minerals, veggies, super fruits, and berries will give your body the nutrition it needs every day to improve your overall health and help prevent you from getting sick in the first place.
Whether you decide to run while you are sick or decide to hold off until you feel you can handle it, the choice is up to you and your doctor. If you currently take a “regular” multi-vitamin or decide you should start for the nutritional benefits stop on in to Complete Runner in Flint and we’ll help you pick out the right dietary supplements.
Disclaimer: This post is based on our personal experience of running when ill; we are not doctors and are not offering medical advice. The choice to run when you are sick is ultimately up to you and your doctor.