Austin Sports Medicine: Exercising when sick, Part 2

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

Last week we talked about when you should and shouldn’t exercise while sick. This week, we’re talking more specifics for when your body does allow you to get back to your workout routine.

Light to moderate exercise often helps provide energy, clear sinuses, and increase circulation – all of which can help a person feel better when overcoming a cold. Some exercises to consider when suffering from a mild illness include: walking, jogging (if it’s already a part of the regular workout routine), yoga, and cardio dance.

When contemplating a return to the gym, remember the following workout etiquette tips:

  • Use a towel to cover surfaces that would otherwise be touched.
  • Wipe off equipment when finished with it.
  • Wash hands before and after the workout.
  • Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel in a gym bag for regular use.
  • Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • If excessive sneezing or coughing is occurring, consider staying home.
  • Germs spread easily on workout equipment. If still contagious, stay home.

It’s important to listen to your body. Your strength and performance will probably be functioning at a reduced capacity, so don’t attempt to match your normal routine, particularly if you’re feeling irregular strain or discomfort. When in doubt, it’s always best to consult your doctor with any questions.

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