The common cold is coming. Tis the season! We all know the rules- wash your hands frequently, eat antioxidant rich foods, consistent exercise to help boost your immune system; nonetheless, the common cold can affect us all.
Should you still workout when you have a cold?
I like to use the following rule of thumb: if the symptoms are above the neck = OK to proceed.
When symptoms include sneezing, sinus pressure, or runny nose, then breaking into a sweat with mild to moderate physical activity is generally considered safe.
Symptoms below the neck such as chest congestion, hacking cough, fever, and muscle aches = give your body some rest for a few days until you are feeling better.
Remember, if you do choose to exercise when you’re sick, then reduce the intensity and length of your workout. It’s not the time to be cranking out a HIIT workout. A light walk or jog and some core strengthening would be more appropriate. Listen to your body, and scale back as necessary. You may even find that exercise will help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion.
Don’t let cold and flu season get you down for long!
Have a great week,