We’ve all been achy and bed-ridden with cold symptoms and it definitely puts a damper on our daily routines. The foods you normally love may not have any taste and you may be too weak to get through your daily workout routine. You go back and forth between what workout you should do, but the question remains… should you workout at all when you’re suffering a cold?
Believe it or not, according to Dr. Richard Besser, light to moderate activity may actually help you feel better!
By following these 5 workout tips, you will still be able to shape up while combating those sniffles:
- The Neck Test: Before beginning a workout, do the ‘neck test’. If your symptoms are all above the neck (runny nose, sore throat, etc), it is okay to do light to moderate exercise. But if you have symptoms such as body aches, chills or stomach problems, take it easy until you’re feeling better.
- Walk: Having a cold may affect your energy levels. If your symptoms are all above the neck (runny nose, etc.), it is okay to walk at an easy to moderate pace. Start with a 20 minute walk—you can stop, stretch and add some stretch exercises as these combinations will make you feel better in general.
- Jog: This form ofmoderate cardio can help clear congestion and boost energy levels. However, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, nausea or failed the neck test, hold off until symptoms subside.
- Yoga: Breathing exercises and gentle stretching can help relieve aches, pains and sinus infections. Consider a slow style of practice that focuses on gentle postures, proper body alignment and controlled breathing. Remember, don’t overdo it.
- Strength Training: Slow-paced, low intensity weight training is great when you’re sick, and you can even do it in the comfort of your living room. Start with easy exercises that don’t require you to use all of your energy and opt for a lighter set of weights.
It is important to remember that exercising with a cold can be more challenging and you have to listen to your body to know your limits. Symptoms such as a cough or sore throat can certainly weaken your workouts, but it is still possible to stay active if you keep it at a low to moderate intensity!
Maintaining healthy habits overall may even keep you from getting sick in the first place. Be sure to wash your hands frequently, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get adequate sleep. If you do end up getting sick, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half! Also consider new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy, formulated with zinc gluconate, rose hips and Echinacea, to shorten the duration of the common cold while providing natural immune support and restoring your energy naturally.
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