It's that time of the year where people are becoming sick. This is also the time when you hear people say they're going to recover by "sweating it out". Below is a link to ACSM's position stand on it. For people who do not want to read it, it basically says that doesn't work.
Our sweat glands actually don't just sweat out all these "toxins" that self-proclaimed health gurus mention. Bacteria and viruses are not that easy to get rid of. If you think heating up your body kills the bacteria and viruses, guess again. Bacteria is incredibly resilient. Most bacteria would only in extreme temperatures. We would probably die before our bacteria does if we were to heat ourselves up.
Although it won't get you better, you can still work out. The only drawback is that your performance will be hindered. Also, you will be getting a bunch of other people sick since you touch all the equipment. Always thin risk and benefit. Working out sick generally has the risks outweighing the benefits.
No pain no gain you say? Get out of here with that. Get some rest.
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