February 27, 2016 william

I’ve Got A Cold. Should I Still Work Out?

You feel awful. But, you’re a warrior. Should you try to still work out? Do a “NECK CHECK”!

 

1. Working Out With A Cold May Be Ok, But A FEVER, Don’t Chance It.

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Why? You don’t to raise your body temperature more. That’s what exercising will do. So, if your temperature is 101F or more, take a break.

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2. Know Your Limits.

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Maybe you’re not up for running, but can tolerate walking. That’s okay. You may have to do less reps, or exercises that are less fatiguing for a while.

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3. Are The Medications Helping?

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Some experts feel, if you’re not feeling too bad and medications are keeping your symptoms in check, you can try and give it a go. However, it’s best to keep the exercises simple and relaxing.

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4. How Long Should I “Stay Down?”

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That depends on the illness. A cold should last about 7 days. But, coughs and congestion can last weeks. The flu can keep you down for about 10 days. Common sense reins when ill. If working out makes you feel worse, don’t do it. You may end up weakening your body more.

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5. A “NECK CHECK” May Be The Best “Rule Of Thumb.”

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If your symptoms are above the neck: congestion, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, it may be okay to exercise. However, any symptoms “below the neck”, fever,aches and pains, coughing, or fatigue, take a break and rest.

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