The calendar and thermometer announce the arrival of the flu and cold season. And among the weapons we have to fight the discomforts that accompany these ailments are exercises. Moderate physical activity, in addition to helping to prevent chronic diseases, helps strengthen the immune system and makes the body more resistant to infections.
But can we continue to exercise when we already have a flu or a cold? The trend for the most passionate is not to rest unless they can hardly move, but that is not always the most correct decision. There is a rule adopted by many established athletes, and endorsed by some experts, that if the discomfort is above the neck, you can continue exercising; but if it is below the neck, you should rest.
According to that rule, you should stop your routine if, for example, you have a bad cough, upset stomach or chest pain. On the other hand, you could continue if you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, headache or sore throat. The truth is that there have been no conclusive studies in this regard, and the most important thing is that you are able to listen to what your own body is trying to tell you. Common sense dictates that you should rest if you are not feeling well, and give up your workout for a week or two if you feel fatigue, muscle aches or fever, which could be symptoms of influenza.
During a common cold or cold, you can also decrease the intensity for a few days until you start to feel better. Exercises can actually help you cope better with the disease and speed recovery. Of course, if you decide to continue with your routine, you should be prepared to stop and call your doctor if you have difficulty breathing, severe coughing fits, chest pressure and dizziness or lack of balance.