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The answer depends on what ails you, experts tell WebMD. For example, exercising with a cold may be OK, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the gym is a definite no-no. Fever.
Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a common cold and no fever. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion. As a general guide for exercise and illness, consider this: Exercise is usually OK if your symptoms are all “above the neck.”.
The type of exercise you perform while sick doesn’t matter as much as the intensity. For instance, if you were set to do some sprints, try jogging instead. Or if you’re lifting that day, dial back. The quick answer regarding continuing to exercise with a cold is yes, but only if you are sure that it’s just the common cold.
You shouldn’t however, keep exercising while sick if your ailment happens to be the flu. There is nothing wrong with exercising with a cold as long as you lower your intensity level a bit. While it’s generally ok to exercise with a mild cold, keep in mind that you might spread germs to others and cause them to become ill. Practicing proper hygiene is a great way to prevent spreading. When your cold comes with a fever, exercise could stress your body even more.
So wait a few days to get back to your regular exercise program. Also be careful about working out too hard when you. A: If you feel like you’re coming down with a garden-variety cold, you can still exercise without significant limitations. If you begin to. Edward R. Laskowski is a doctor at the clinic.
He notes that “ mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a common cold.” Dr. Laskowski. “Exercise is medicine. If you have symptoms above the neck, things like runny nose, sneezing, of the common cold, such as nasal congestion or runny nose, or minor sore throat, you’re OK to exercise,” says Dr. Montero. “Exercise may even help you feel better by opening up your nasal passages, for instance.
But you may want to reduce the intensity and. A: While exercise can be helpful in strengthening the immune system to fight off illness, it is not always advisable once you become ill. Sometimes it’s better to keep your sneakers in the closet.
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