Think your case of the sniffles is your get-out-of-working-out-guilt-free
card? Think again! Here are scientist-approved do’s and don’ts for working out
when you’re not feeling 100 percent.
Do keep up your workout
recent study looked at otherwise healthy college students with the
common cold. Some of them sat out their usual workouts while others kept up
with the routine. And guess what? Squeezing in a sweat sesh did not make a
difference on rate of recovery.
Don’t bring it to the gym
If you saw someone sneezing all over the elliptical, would you want to
hop on the machine right after them? Uh, right. Don’t bring your cold out in
public—nobody wants to share your germs.
Do be mindful of your symptoms
If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, hit the couch (or better yet,
your bed). The flu is nothing you wanna mess with, so take it easy if your
sniffles are only the tip of the iceberg.
Don’t push it
Yes, you can do your regular work out. But don’t take this moment as
your big chance to crank out an extra mile. Remember, your body is not in peak
form at the moment.
Do rest up
When you get back from your jog or finish all those crunches, hit the couch
with a good recovery snack and take a breather. Protein, carbs and lots of
vitamins and minerals will make you feel loads better.
Don’t forget the water
Your body—now more than ever—needs to be hydrated. So don’t ditch the
Do remember your limitations
If you have other health problems, don’t think this is a blank check to
work out like you’re training for a marathon. While the common cold isn’t
terribly threatening to the average otherwise healthy person, it can be
severely detrimental to someone with another condition. If you have other
health concerns, always speak to your doctor before instating a new exercise
regimen, and when you’re feeling unwell.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/15/2013 6:16:00 PM
POSTED IN cold busters, workout dos and don'ts