The response to flu, colds, or bronchitis is varied, and individuals may be affected differently. A cold can present varying symptoms and severity, including sore throat, coughing, sneezing, fatigue, fever, and more. How do you know when to return to your workouts after being sick? This blog will discuss a few physical therapist-approved tips to help you get back to your favorite activities.
Yoga or stretching is a great way to move your body after taking several days off. Stretching is an active recovery activity. When you are performing stretches, you control how far you go and how intense it is.
After having some days off from exercise, walking can be a great option to get your body moving again. There are many options for walking: indoors/outdoors, sidewalks/hiking, short/long distance.
Cycling is a good option as you can modify the difficulty level easily. Riding a bike is a low impact on your joints and can be a good way to reintroduce your body to exercise after taking a break from illness.
Remember to allow your body to rest and recover during and after an illness. Returning to workouts should be gradual to assess your body’s reaction. Use these tips to keep you exercising during this cold and flu season! If you have difficulties returning to your active lifestyle after your illness has resolved, reach out to an Athletico near you for a Free Assessment. Free Assessments are available in-clinic and virtually through our Telehealth platform.
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2. “When It’s Safe to Exercise after Getting Sick.” NYU Langone News, https://nyulangone.org/news/when-its-safe-exercise-after-getting-sick.