You’ve made a plan to exercise every day of the week. On day five you get up feeling ill. Do you go to the gym or rest in bed to rest?

It’s all dependent on the condition According to the doctor Dr. Michael Jonesco, a internist and sports specialist in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Ailment in the ear, but not fever — you’re likely to be able to complete your exercise in the majority of cases.

related:Why do you sometimes gain weight after working out?

For an illness that causes symptoms below the neckarea, you’ll likely be advised to stay at home.

This includes “things that resemble bad digestive symptoms, significant myalgias (muscle painor body aches even fevers, which can be a sign of a an illness that affects the whole body — you realize that your body is creating this inflammatory response to fight off a systemic infection,” Jonesco said. “These are all things that we recommend, but we’d most likely, you should take 48 hours to rest and review your symptoms.”

The reason the rule of thumb works is because the majority of problems that occur in the neck area don’t concern the lungs or the heart. “That’s actually what we’re trying to safeguard,” Jonesco said.

The stress of digestion can also strain the organs as it could cause dehydration, which causes stress to the heart. (Besides there’s no doubt about it when you’re vomiting and rushing to the toilet in every 5 minutes exercising will probably not be your top goal.)

Of of course, the neck examination will be more of an reference point as opposed to a definitive norm. If you experience sinus congestion, which causes it to be difficult to breathe for instance it could be a reason not to do your exercise.

What’s the risk of exercising while sick? In addition to the fact that it may be feeling unwell, it can also cause you to become more sick. Research has proven that running marathons, for instance, can weaken the immune system, putting individuals at chance of contracting an infection for as long as three days following.

While your usual workout likely will not be a marathon, running while sick could put the same strain on your body. “Your body is making energy available to the muscles that it must take the power from different systems.” Jonesco said.

Even if you don’t cause yourself sicker, you’re probably not reaping the fitness benefits you’re looking for in the beginning. The calories that you consume be due to the degeneration of the muscles, for example. Additionally, the primary benefits of exercising are the recovery and it’s much more difficult to recover from an exercise when you’re sick.

“You’re actually not gaining any advantage, since all you’re trying to accomplish is to survive the exercise,” Jonesco said. “You’re not actually training the body to the point where it is able to recover adequately.

“When you’re unsure, take a break,” he added. “If you’re unsure whether you should work out the body is saying it’s not ready.”

If you’ve been listening to your body’s needs for couple of days and notice that you’re more relaxed, that’s not the right time to commit to your fitness routine. Jonesco advised to take it day-by-day.

“Don’t expect to get back to the previous level,” Jonesco said. “It’s likely to require some time to rehydrate, sort of recharge the body, the glycogen stores and storage of energy.” (Glycogen is the substance that contains sugar you muscles utilize in order to hold energy.)

“So the first day back I would suggest starting at around half your normal exercise, knowing that it will take one or two days to sort of recover back to normal activities,” Jonesco said. “And when you return the day following your return back you can raise this to 75% and continue at a level that you can tolerate.”

First published by Live Science. Live Science.