Should You Exercise When You’re Sick?

January 9, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

Woman Running on Treadmill

There’s no doubt that cold and flu season is one of the factors that can squash your fitness resolution. But a case of the sniffles isn’t always reason enough to skip the gym. Neil Schachter, a professor of pulmonary and critical care at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, recommends doing what he calls a “neck check.” His advice:

Go to the gym, if your symptoms are in or above your neck. For example: a stuffy nose, a headache, or a mildly sore throat. Working out won’t make those symptoms any worse.

Skip the gym, if your symptoms are below your neck. For example: a cough, fever, body aches, or chills. You should skip exercising until you feel better.

Do you workout when you’re feeling under the weather? Get answer to more of your cold and flu questions here.


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