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Should I Go to Yoga Class When I Am Not Feeling Well?

author image Kiki Michelle
Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Kiki Michelle has been writing health-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Environmental Science and Technology Magazine." Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in human biology from Stanford University.
Should I Go to Yoga Class When I Am Not Feeling Well?
Moderate exercise is OK if you are not severely ill. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

If you work out consistently, you may find it difficult to miss a workout because of an illness. Depending on just how sick you are feeling, it may be appropriate to workout. When deciding whether it would be best to rest as opposed to going to a yoga class, for example, you should take several factors into consideration.

Symptoms Above the Neck

Whether to attend yoga classes while sick depends largely on the severity of your illness as well as the duration and intensity of the yoga workout. In some cases, exercise like yoga may not only help you feel better, but it may help to speed your recovery. If you are suffering from symptoms of sickness that occur above the neck, like a stuffy nose or sore throat and feel as though you have the will and strength to exercise, then it is advisable to do so.

Symptoms Below the Neck

If you are suffering from symptoms of illness below the neck like diarrhea, stomach pains, severe cramping, aches, a hacking cough, chest congestion or fever, then it is advisable to seek the appropriate treatment and rest until you feel better. Performing exercise, including yoga, while unbearably ill or tired can often make matters worse. It is important to take the proper cues from you body to avoid further injury.

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Soreness or Injury

If sore from previous workouts, it may be best to attend a class like yoga to get your blood circulating and to break down some of the lactic acid buildup that is causing the soreness. If suffering from a debilitating or painful injury, always wait until the injury properly heals before beginning any type of strenuous exercise outside of physical therapy.

Prevention and Considerations

Whenever exercising, whether ill or well, it important to listen to your body to help determine when to start, stop or continue. It is best to do what you can to prevent sickness and injury altogether by taking necessary precautions. Washing your hands, getting an adequate amount of sleep, maintaining a balanced diet, and stretching before you exercise are all ways to help ensure that you are in the proper condition to continue your regimen.

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