January 14, 2014
Should I Exercise When I Have a Cold?

It is important to listen to your body. If you are not feeling your best, consider getting some rest. However, if you decide to exercise, follow these guidelines:

Symptoms located below the neck? Avoid working out. Ideally, you want to recover fully below the neck before returning to exercise.
Symptoms may include: diarrhea, chest congestion, cough, and upset stomach.
Other symptoms that should cancel your exercise plans: fever and body aches.

Symptoms located above the neck? Go ahead and exercise.
Symptoms may include: sore throat and nasal congestion.
Be sure to reduce the intensity and duration of your workout.

If you are not feeling your best and decide to exercise, it is important to protect your fellow health club members. Always spray and wipe the equipment. Use the hand sanitizer that is available in all workout areas. If you have to cough or sneeze, always cover your mouth preferably with your arm rather than your hand. 

Written by Dr. Upton



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