Under the weather? Taking a break from training is the best medicine
Allergies are no laughing matter for sufferers.
Personally, I always advise taking a break from training if you have a cold, flu or tummy bug and there are a few reasons for this.
More than likely you are contagious while sick and won't be able to stop spreading your germs, from blowing your nose to picking up weights and handling equipment.
Everybody is different when it comes to being sick and, depending on the extent of your symptoms, for some, training with a runny nose and slight cough actually makes them feel much better as they feel they're sweating it out.
If you are one of these people, I would really recommend making sure you have thoroughly cooled down and wrap up well before leaving the gym. Leaving the gym hot and sweaty will only make you feel worse.
If you are to train while feeling under the weather, decrease your workout to 50pc until you are feeling better.
Training while sick means you can definitely risk prolonging the sickness or even making it worse.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, with aching muscles, I would seriously recommend leaving training until you were feeling better. For any type of stomach bug, I would recommend leaving it until you were 100pc better.
Remember that when you are sick your immune system is already fighting the problem or virus so your body doesn't need to be under more strain with cardio or strength training. That run, strength training session or spinning class is best left until you are better.
Listen to your own body if you feel fatigued, feverish or simply very sick, stay at home, your body will thank you for the rest and recovery.
If you have symptoms other than the common cold, you should consult your doctor about when to resume gym activities.
Tips to help avoid spreading germs in the gym:
Wash your hands before and after training or using any equipment.
Avoid touching your face throughout training.
Bring a sweat towel to place on benches.
Cover your mouth or nose when sneezing or coughing, your mother may have taught you to do it but it never surprises me how many people fail to do it in open spaces.