Check Your Health: Exercise can boost the immune system & help fight off a bug

Check Your Health - Exercise & Illness

Research shows working out 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes increases T cell production which are the body's natural defense against bugs and infections. Jared Snyder, a Physical Therapy Assistant at Intermountain Physical Therapy American Fork stopped by KUTV to talk about how illness can affect exercise.

Signs and symptoms of when it's okay to work out and signs and symptoms when you should probably avoid exercises

An easy rule to use is the above the neck/below the neck rule. If it's above the neck (stuffy nose, sore throat, ear ache,) then you’re OK to exercise. If it's below the neck (vomiting, diarrhea, fever/chills, coughing/chest congestion), then take the day off. Also, it’s important to rest if your temperature is above 101.

What exercises are appropriate to do when your sick

The idea is to not tax yourself too much, so possibly avoid your spin class/boot camp/CrossFit and opt for a yoga class or walking on the treadmill. If you feel like you can't do it or if it makes your symptoms worse, then don't do it.

There are some environments to avoid when sick:

  • Outside during red/yellow air days
  • The gym - if you are within the first 1-3 days of being sick, then do yourself and everyone a favor and avoid the gym
  • Instead try out exercises you can do at home