Know When To Stop Exercising When You Have A Cold

While exercise can help prevent illness, sometimes you just can't avoid getting sick. Depending on your sickness, however, you might not have to stop exercising—web site HowStuffWorks shows us how to tell whether exercise will help or hurt your cold.

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Apparently, exercise is fine as long as you only have a head cold:

The best way to decide whether you should exercise is to employ what doctors call the "neck check." Feel free to go running if your cold is "above the neck." Above-the-neck symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat

Doctors advise against proceeding with your exercise regimen if your symptoms are "below the neck," however. These symptoms include:

  • Chest congestion
  • Hacking cough
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • High fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body and muscle aches

If your symtoms are below the neck—that is, if you have an infection in your chest or throat—you'll want to skip your exercise regimen for a few days while you get better. If it's just a simple head cold though, going for a mild jog won't hurt. In fact, it'll probably even help clear up your head a little bit. Hit the link to read more.

Can I Run When I Have a Cold? [HowStuffWorks]


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