You Asked: ''Is It Okay to Exercise When You Have a Cold?''


By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/21/2012 6:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  16,051 Views

Great question! When you are sick, you need to pay careful attention to what your body is telling you. If the cold is primarily in your head, it's okay to exercise, just at a lower intensity (provided you feel okay and have enough energy). Once you are feeling 100% again, then you can slowly increase your activity back to your pre-illness level. If you're feeling sluggish or the workout isn't going well, don't push it. When you push too much, the sickness can end up hanging around longer. 

If your cold is below the neck (in your chest), try to refrain from activity until it clears up. The best thing you can do for your body when it's trying to fight a bug is to give it rest. 

Learn more about colds and the flu and the 7 times it's okay to skip a workout.

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    A question I ask myself often. Thanks for the tip! - 11/14/2014   4:27:22 PM
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    I found out I have asthma. Deep in my l lungs, there is a gurgling noise. I don't smoke or have done anything to bring this on. The doctor prescribed me an inhaler, and I haven't been happy about this. I have become worse since going to the doctor yesterday. I woke up feeling ice cold, so I used the inhaler. I've had to use the inhaler each time it says to, and then even use a humidifier. I really want to do some dance, and I'm unhappy I can't. The article I read about exercising with colds that start from the head down (my lungs) said I should not exercise at all until it's cleared up. - 5/21/2014   11:18:30 AM

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