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Exercising with a Cold

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Many people wonder about exercising when they have a cold. Here are some guidelines to help you decide whether or not you should exercise when stricken with a cold.

If your symptoms are above the neck, you can do your cardio work out or your weight training work out as usual, but it would be a good idea to reduce the intensity some.

If your symptoms are below the neck i.e., muscle aches, chills, diarrhea, nausea or worse, or you are running a temperature over 100 degrees, you would be best not to work out until your symptoms subside.

Don't forget, also, to drink plenty of fluids and eat some chicken soup and use your common sense if you do insist on exercising.

Prepare for a cold winter work out with these tips:

Exercising with a cold

  • If you start your work out against the wind, you'll be less likely to get chilled on the way back from perspiration.
  • Do not over dress! For the first five minutes you're outside, you should feel a bit chilled. If you don't, that could indicate you are dressed too warmly.
  • Prepare for a drop in temperature by bringing along a hat and gloves.
  • Before, during and after, be sure to sip on liquids. You probably won't feel as warm and thirsty as you would on a hot day, but you still need a lot of fluid as your body will still lose a lot through sweating.
  • Last but definitely not least - warming up and cooling down are even more important in the cold weather.

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