Three Of The Biggest Exercise Myths That We All Keep Falling For

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Out with the old and in with the truth! The only way you can improve yourself or safely participate in exercise is by being educated, and it starts right here. Below are 3 very commonly asked questions or misconceptions about exercise that will answer all your questions.

You Can't Exercise When Your Sick

The answer can be followed by this simple rule: If you’re illness is ABOVE THE NECK (excluding fever) then you are OK to participate in exercise. Typically this would represent most symptoms of the common cold, such as sore throat, congestion, sneezing or a runny nose. However, also included are indicators such as sinusitis or ear infections (unless these cause you issues with your balance). You are not going to cause yourself more harm, and should choose your intensity based on how you are feeling.

When not to exercise? Following the “neck check” theory; symptoms such as heavy coughing, body aches, fever, fatigue, bronchitis, heightened shortness of breath, stomach complications etc. Your recovery time and return to exercise will depend on how sick you are, but always remember to pace yourself back to your previous intensity level.

Why don’t we exercise with a fever? It puts too much stress on the heart, which already is beating faster because of the higher body temperature. There is also danger in raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever.

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