Cold and flu season is upon us, and even if you are healthy and take all precautions, chances are that you’ll find yourself sick at some point. Getting sick can slow you down, making it difficult to work, take care of your family and do other activities, like exercise. Sometimes, you need to slow down when you’re sick, and sometimes a bit of activity is okay, but how do you know?
Should I Workout With A Cold?
If you’re feeling well enough to exercise, there really isn't any reason not to. However, if you are the type that likes to push yourself, you should exercise caution. Standard cold symptoms – a sore throat and stuffy nose – are not a problem. In fact, if you are just mildly sick, a little activity might give you a boost. Remember not to overdo it, though.
If, however, you have a fever or body aches, you are better off resting. These symptoms respond better to taking it easy, and pushing yourself may simply prolong your illness. Ditto if you are experiencing chest congestion, a hacking cough or shortness of breath. Exerting yourself when you have a chest cold may cause unnecessary respiratory strain.
Moving Through Your Cold Or Flu
If you don't want to stay in bed all day and you just have to get some activity in, that's fine, just don't push it. Be sure that you are hydrated. Take a short, easy walk. Do some easy stretches or yoga poses. Don't push yourself through an hour of cardio; just take care of yourself. Get lots of rest, plenty of fluids and nutritious, healthy foods.
Once you’ve recovered, it's time to hit the gym. If you are new to fitness and don't know where to start, or you have stalled and hit a plateau, it may be time to contact a personal trainer. A personal trainer can create a custom workout specifically for you. A personal trainer will take into account your body type, lifestyle, habits and goals. Another advantage is that your trainer will help you stay motivated and accountable so that you can get the results you are looking for.
If you’re ready to get started, contact Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo for a consultation. Remember, exercise is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Staying fit and working out can help boost your immune system and help keep you healthy all year long. Stay well.