There are many schools of thought that say that working out and sweating is the best thing for an illness. The thought behind that is to sweat out what ever infection is ailing you. However, if your immune system is already struggling, is it really safe to workout with any sort of infection? I will go over the ins and outs of working out with a sinus infection, or other illnesses.
Sometimes, when you are at the end of a cold or something like that, working out can be a really good thing. Allowing the body to sweat out the rest of the cold can be quite helpful. However, that is only the case if you are not lifting heavy weights, and just doing some light cardio exercise. Maybe riding a bike, or doing a brisk walk.
The problem with lifting heavy weights or even weight lifting with a sinus infection is this…. Our bodies immune system is already stressed and working over time to help us with the sinus infection. When we lift heavy weights, we are actually creating tiny tears in the muscle. That is how we build muscle. Building muscle is a good thing! But, not while we are sick. If we lift weights, and tear the muscle, our immune system is busy healing those tiny tears. That means, our immune system gets really taxed when we have an infection, and then, adding weight lifting on top of it, our recovery for both the sinus infection, and the muscle tears are both lacking. It’s better to have a good recovery. So, therefore, I do not recommend heavy weight lifting or strenuous exercise during a sinus infection.
However, someone recovering from cancer, or other serious illnesses can benefit from a new workout routine. Always consult your doctor before starting anything new. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend diving in with hard strenuous exercise, but, starting off slow and easy would be a good thing. Once your doctor has released you for exercise, you can contact your local personal trainer to find out where to get started.
Once again, if you are at the end of a cold or sinus infection, some light exercise could be beneficial. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fresh water to help flush your system of what ever ails you. Exercise is like any other science, and they are always finding out new benefits to it. Make sure to read, and educate yourself in regards to your own personal health.
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