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Should you train when you are sick? Even the pros struggle to figure that out

We look at a few different approaches to figuring out whether you should be training if you are sick

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After a bike crash put him out of Clash Miami, Lionel Sanders managed to get sick after the race, too. All of which led to the Canadian star asking his followers on Instagram about training when you’re sick.


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We’ve posted a few stories on the subject over the years – here’s a few of those that will help you (and Sanders) figure out if you’re too sick to be training or not:

How sick are you?

Whether or not you should head out the door depends on two things according to pro Antoine Jolicouer Desroches. How sick you are and the intensity of the physical activity.

Should you train when you’re sick?

Yes or no?

Michael Liberzon offers a specific formula in this story we posted in 2017. Fever, or chest congestion or serious cough? Don’t work out. Nasal congestion or sore throat or headache? Easy exercise only.

Ask the coach: Should I train while sick?

What should we do to help our immunity?

It also turns out that Vitamin D might be a key supplement for athletes. As Brittany Hambleton wrote in this piece we published earlier this year: As triathletes, it’s important that we have strong immune systems. You can’t stay consistent in your training if you’re constantly being sidelined by colds and flu. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, immunity has become an even higher priority. Dietary supplements are one strategy that some triathletes may use to bolster their immune systems, and in the age of COVID-19 one vitamin has risen to the top: vitamin D.

Training and COVID-19: Why triathletes should take a vitamin D supplement

It’s just a cold … should I do my workout?

“I’ve recently come down with a cold,” one of our readers asked. “Is it okay to continue my training program while I’m sick?” Find out how coach Louis Therion answered that question:

LifeSport’s Ask the Coach?