Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Exercising with a cold: Dos and don'ts

by John Burns (follow)
Exercise & Fitness (67)     
Catching a cold leaves you in a kind of health limbo. On the one hand, you feel rubbish and know you should probably rest up until it passes, but on the other hand, you don’t feel that you should put your whole life on hold because of a measly little cold.

Image from Pixabay
Image from Pixabay

As a runner you will be well versed in the creed of running whatever the weather. Be it rain or shine, you’ve probably donned your kit and headed out on a run. You’ve probably even been tempted to run on a niggly little injury that won’t go away – something you definitely shouldn’t do!

But what about when you have a cold? You don’t want to exacerbate the illness, but you also don’t want it to mess up your programme. So what should you do?

Image from Pixabay
Image from Pixabay

The first thing to do is be honest about your illness and to listen to what your body is telling you. Are you experiencing dizzy spells? Are you wheezing or coughing a lot? If so, than the illness has weakened you, and putting extra strain on your body by exercising is not a good idea.

But if – in all honesty – you’re just feeling a little run down and sniffly, a burst of physical exercise could give you the boost you need, not only to combat the cold, but also to alleviate the nagging blues associated with it.

The 'neck rule' is useful to bear in mind. If the symptoms of your cold are mainly confined to your neck and above – for example, sneezing or mild headaches – it’s usually safe to exercise. If the trouble is below your neck – coughing and wheezing etc – then take a few days off to recuperate.

Image from Pixabay
The neck rule is a good way to determine whether exercising is a good idea or not. Image from Wikipedia

If you do decide you are fit enough for a run, remember to take it easy. Even if you feel fine, go at a slightly gentler pace than you would usually. This way you are keeping your jogging regimen ticking over without worsening the symptoms of your illness, and your body will thank you in the long run!

One last thing to remember; if your symptoms worsen mid-run then it is time to head home. Always listen to your body, don’t over-stretch yourself and, if in doubt, consult a health professional.

#Exercise & Fitness
I like this Article - 2
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by John Burns
Enjoying a good book is not usually considered a good form of exercise, but reading is in fact great...
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should hang up your running shoes until the first th...
It’s an unfortunate fact that soft tissue injuries and an active lifestyle go hand in hand
The end of a year and the beginning of another is a time for reflection; it is a time for appraising...
1 like
After the excesses of Christmas and New Year it can be a struggle to get back into the exercise rout...
When it comes to distance running, the Kenyans know their stuff
1 like
view all articles by John Burns
Articles by John Burns on Other Hubs
%%Insurgent on target for March 2015 release%% As 2014 draws to a close it looks like filming on ...
%%Actress lets slip that maybe a movie is on the way%% Rumours of a movie version of the period U...
%%Evan Goldberg's North Korea comedy may never see the light of day%% Sony have cancelled the rel...
%%What's next for Minecraft the Movie?%% The director of family movie hit %%Night at the Museum%%...
ID: 27284
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
As a health-conscious individual, you probably care about what goes on, as much as you care about wh...
1 like
The type and quality of food we eat impacts our not just our health but our fatigue levels
I love making banana bread and finding ways involve the kids in the kitchen too
People all around the world know how beneficial spinach can be
Do you struggle with procrastination? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probabl...
Celery is a delicious crunchy vegetable that is unappetising when limp
Did you know if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not as healthy as it could be? Exfoliating ...
Can’t sleep? You are not alone
At times we are faced by challenges that rock the core of who we are, our values and what we represe...
Nutrition (269)
Vegan (122)
Skin Care (101)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
Featured on Other Hubs
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version