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To Exercise Or Rest When Sick? This Infographic Will Tell You

To Exercise Or Rest When Sick? This Infographic Will Tell You

If you’re a fitness junkie, you no doubt have heard this question several times: is it better to exercise or rest when sick?

The good news is, while many people believe that it is a bad idea to work out when sick, you can and you might be surprised at all the potential benefits to your body.

The bad news is, you can’t use being sick as an excuse to take a day off from exercise.

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Chances are you are going to get sick at one point this year, and this information will help you to determine whether exercise or rest when sick is the best medicine for gaining back your strength.

Your body is under constant attack each day from fungi, viruses, and bacteria, all determined to knock you off your feet and get you sick. Your body has several defense mechanisms in place like acid barriers in the stomach, mucous lining in the nasal passages, and white blood cells that kill off any intruders, but you probably didn’t know that certain exercises can also aid in the defense against sicknesses.

How the Right Exercise Can Help

Moderate exercise such as jogging, walking, yoga, cycling, and swimming, for 30-60 minutes stimulates innate immunity and strengthens adaptive immunity.

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Working out too long, however, can actually increase your risk of getting and staying sick.

During your first day of being sick, if the symptoms are minor like sore throat or cough, low intensity exercising is best.

During day two of your illness, as long as you are not vomiting or have a high fever, then light exercises for up to 45 minutes are ideal.

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As long as the illness doesn’t worsen, continue moderate exercise (keeping your heart rate under 150 beats per minute) until conditions improve.

As long as you are not suffering a severe illness that has knocked you off your feet, a low intensity workout during the first days of your illness will have the biggest impact.

Check out this infographic from Dr. John Berardi, Ph.D of Precision Nutrition for more details:

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    Exercise When Sick – Infographic | Precision Nutrition

    Featured photo credit: John Berardi, Ph.D – Precision Nutrition via precisionnutrition.com

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    Last Updated on May 15, 2019

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

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    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

    When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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    Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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    So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

    So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

    And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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