Should You Workout When You're Sick? | The Effects Of Training When You're Ill

Published on November 4th 2018


Exercise is fantastic for us, but should you workout when you're sick? Mark explains whether you should exercise, how to recover, and when to return to training from sickness. Subscribe to GTN: Check out the GTN Shop: Exercise is fantasticfor us. It has a number of benefits, including improving the performance of our immune system. Moderate exercise is believed to stimulate the production of a type of white blood cell known as Th1 which the body uses to help kill off viruses and bacteria. However, as we begin to push our training harder and increase the amount of stress and fatigue upon our bodies we often see our immune system take a sharp turn in the opposite direction, and therefore putting ourselves at a higher risk of infection. Unfortunately, I have just been fighting an extremely tough bout of man flu, so it feels like a good time to discuss if you should be training when you’re ill! When most people get sick they grab some blankets, turn on the TV and curl up on the couch. But, triathletes aren’t like most people! Athletes are determined not to miss a single day of training, even if they have a cold or the flu. Is this a good idea? Or should you take it easy? If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 Submit your content here: If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GTN... 📹 Top 5 Training Strategies When You Have No Time | Train Around Work Or Study - 📹 Using Heart Rate Variability To Maximise Recovery | Triathlon Training Explained - Music: Epidemic Sound Beats And RnB 5 - Merlean Beep Tone Readout 2 - SFX Producer Dance And House Session 20 - Andreas Ericson EarthBound 3 - Joachim Nilsson (1) Lounge Lizards 5 - Jack Elphick Pool Chalk Cue 1 - SFX Producer Pour Water 10 - SFX Producer PREL Special FX 302 - SFX Producer Sci Fi Sonar Ping 3 - SFX Producer Wonder - Cushy Photos: © Triathlon / Getty Images