While weightlifting, or resistance training, is a popular and effective form of exercise, it is important to consider your overall health and well-being before engaging in this activity. If you are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness, it may be best to take a break from weightlifting and focus on rest and recovery.

Exercise, including weightlifting, can place physical stress on the body, which can potentially worsen symptoms of illness or delay recovery. Engaging in weightlifting while sick can also increase the risk of injury, as the body may not be at its best physical condition.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, body aches, or respiratory issues, it is generally recommended to take a break from weightlifting and other forms of exercise until you are feeling better. This is especially important if you have a contagious illness, as exercising while sick can potentially spread the illness to others.

If you are experiencing mild symptoms such as a minor cold or congestion, it may be possible to continue weightlifting, but it is important to listen to your body and adjust your workouts as needed. You may need to reduce the intensity or duration of your workouts, or take more frequent breaks.

It is also important to take precautions to avoid getting sick while weightlifting, such as washing your hands frequently and using equipment that has been properly sanitized.

Overall, while weightlifting can provide a number of physical and mental health benefits, it is important to prioritize your overall health and well-being, and to take a break from exercise if you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of illness.

 

References:

Mayo Clinic, “Exercise and illness: How to stay safe”