Sick Training

Melissa Tucker - PURICA Ambassador
Melissa Tucker
PURICA Ambassador

Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of PURICA Ambassadors committed to promoting positive lifestyle solutions, including healthy eating and training tips. Here are Melissa’s tips on how to keep motivated, even when you’re not feeling well.

Nothing can bring your fitness progress to a halt more than feeling sick. So the question is: Should you continue training while you are sick?

Your body’s immune system is taxed much more by the flu than by the common cold. So training with a flu would not only be detrimental to muscle growth, but to your health.

Remember your body needs to be in good health in order to go from the catabolic state caused by exercise to an anabolic state of recuperation and muscle growth.

If you have the flu, your body is already fighting a catabolic state caused by the Influenza virus. Weight training would only add more catabolism, causing you to get sicker.

If you have the flu, skip the workout and focus on good nutrition and drinking lots of fluids.

If it’s the common cold that’s hit you with symptoms of a runny nose and slight coughing, you may get away with training. The key is to stop the sets short of reaching muscular failure and decrease the poundage by about 25 percent.

If your ailment is something other than the common cold or the flu, consult your doctor.

Please note that preventative care is always best. That is why I take three Immune 7 capsules daily as an immunity optimizer.

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