Many individuals continue to exercise through their sickness thinking it helps them recover faster. In today’s LA Times health section Jeannine Stein outlines why exercise is NOT the thing to do when you are sick and how important it is to rest in order to recuperate more quickly.
Research by Professor David Nieman of Appalachian State University shows that near daily exercise creates a cumulative effect on the immune system. His statistics give evidence – subjects walking moderately for 40 minutes per day will have half as many colds or sore throats than those not exercising.
However, when one does become sick it is better to rest or stay in bed. Dr. Nieman states that during the time of lowered immunity, a virus can multiply due to an increased body temperature with exercising. So rest when you’re sick – listening to your body will reward you!