Is it OK to exercise if you are feeling unwell?

 Mon, 27th Jun, 2022

Is it OK to exercise if you are feeling unwell?

We get asked this question all the time from participants, especially in recent weeks with the numbers of stomach bugs, colds & flus rising.

We ask people to use the ‘Neck Check’ to decide whether or not to exercise.

If your symptoms are BELOW THE NECK then you should rest until these symptoms ease. Symptoms include:

  • Coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Diarrhoea, vomitting or stomach pain

If your symptoms are ABOVE THE NECK then it may be OK to exercise, but you need to do the “warm up test” (please see image below). Symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing/runny nose
  • Tearing eyes

Did you know about the neck check? This is useful information to share with friends/family.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Yours in health,
The True Fitness team

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