Colds and Exercise
Have a cold and wondering whether it's safe to workout?
Above or Below the Neck?
A study published by the American College of Sports Medicine found that moderate exercise doesn't affect a cold's duration or severity, as long as symptoms are concentrated above the neck, such as a sore throat or runny nose.
But people with below-the-neck symptoms such as fever, sore muscles or diarrhea should avoid exercise.
Previous research shows that intense exercise can intesify symptoms though, so if you do workout with a cold, take it easy.
Don't Forget Fluids
Has your doctor ever told you to drink a lot when you are sick with a cold? The reason is the liquid keeps mucous membranes moist, enabling them to trap cold viruses and dispose of them before they can infect more of your cells.
The most recommended fluid is water, but diluted fruit juices, seltzer, decaffeinated coffee and tea work, too. Aim for eight glasses a day. Drinking enough fluids is especially important in the winter when indoor and outdoor air is much drier.
See also: Clobber the Common Cold with Food