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 and it sounds like that is what you are experiencing), 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.
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6/13/14 11:51 A
a person should never try to lift a heavy weight when they are sick. you increase your risk for injury. If you still have a lingering cough, that means your body is still fighting off that cold/flu and you're weak.
Some times, a little light activity can help us feel a bit better. However, it could also put you right back into bed and make you feel worse.
I'd skip strength training. If you feel like you have a bit of energy, take a walk around the neighborhood. See how you feel. if you feel okay, you could maybe up the game by walking a little more briskly. if you feel awful, go back to bed and get some rest.
In short, listen to your body. If you're coughing and have difficulty breathing, that's going to make exercise difficult. No one will consider you a slacker because you can't exercise as a result of a cold/flu.
Knowing when to rest when you're sick IS part of living a healthy lifestyle.
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6/13/14 11:27 A
If you're not too wracked with coughing, I would do a little light cardio (walking/biking) to warm up, weights (making sure you wipe everything down), and some stretching. If you're not up for that, some light yoga can make you feel better as well.
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6/13/14 10:54 A
I always work out when I just have a cold....cardio & weights.
Strength training should not be a problem for you.
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6/12/14 6:06 P
I have a chest cold, and have already taken a week off the gym... but i´m still coughing, and i really want to get back to doing something before i lose all the progress i´ve made! Cardio isn´t really an option, but is strength training ok while sick? Or is there something else i can do? I´m going crazy here!
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