Do I have to stop my gym workout altogether?
The type of illness you have does impact whether you should go to the gym and when you can get back to the gym. If its contagious, its best to avoid the gym until any risk of transmitting germs has gone. Viral infections are likely to leave you feeling weaker, making your normal routine more difficult to complete so its likely that going to the gym would be the last thing on your mind.
What if I just have a cold?
Having a cold may compromise your energy levels as well as giving you some uncomfortable symptoms, so you may not feel up for intense physical fitness. For your own comfort we suggest sticking to gentle home workouts or short walks outside until your feel better. In fact research suggests that even a 20 minute walk can help you reap the benefits of regular exercise and it may improve your cold symptoms too. Bonus.
When should I go back to the gym?
Again your symptoms will affect when you can go back to the gym. Always wait until high temperatures, sickness, coughing and aches go completely before attempting a workout. Listen to your body, wait until your usual energy levels and strength return so you are able to complete your workout. If you are unsure or you are in doubt, always consult your GP first.
What should my first workout back be?
The first day back may be trickier than normal. Begin with shorter, lower intensity workouts as it is less likely to make you feel worse. Don't push yourself and if you begin to feel unwell then end the workout and take a day to recover before returning.