The rule I normally go by is if I feel sick from the neck up, I work out. But, if I feel sick from the neck down, I take a break. This is normally in regards to colds, if I have a fever I take a break.
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If I have a cold, I try to do some type of workout as long as I can still breath during it all. I can usually lift if I have a stuffy nose, but it would bother me too much to run if my nose is constantly running.
Last year, I wasn't feeling my best but made myself get up for a 9am group ex class and when I was home an hour and a half later, I felt 3x worse...super achey, fever, and exhausted. Turned out I got strep and I think exercising made it come on that much stronger. So for myself, I don't allow myself to exercise if I know I am not feeling myself. It's better for me to just rest and make sure I am fueling my body with the proper food instead. But yes, it definitely is personal preference! Everyone reacts differently.
I think this is a judgement call. I've heard lots of recommendations - exercise if you don't have a fever, don't exercise if the cold involves chest congestion, but working with head congestion is OK, all kinds of things. I don't know if any of them are true.
If you have to go to a public place to work out (like a gym), DON'T. Please don't! Nobody else wants your germs. You might think you will be as careful as can be, but there is really no preventing cold germs from spreading in a public place like a gym.
If you can work out at home, and you really think a workout will make you feel better, I'd say go for it, though. Maybe go at a lower intensity than normal if you feel yourself getting overly fatigued.
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