Is It Safe To Exercise While Fighting Cold & Flu Symptoms? Not Always…


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It can be hard to force yourself to hit the gym when you’re sniffling, sneezing and in overall discomfort during the course of a cold or the flu.

But, in some cases, the gym may be just as helpful as any over-the-counter medication.

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According to experts, it is safe to workout while battling cold symptoms if those symptoms are above the neck. That includes sneezing, congestion and sinus pressure. Breaking a sweat may help open your nasal passage and relieve any nasal congestion you may be experiencing.

If the symptoms are below the neck, however, stay home until you’re feeling better. Those symptoms include chest congestion, hacking coughs and upset stomach. And if you’re experiencing other flu-like symptoms, like a fever, nausea or vomiting, you shouldn’t exercise.

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Here are a few exercises to consider if you’re experiencing cold and fly symptoms:


A 20-minute walk is not so intense that it’ll make you feel worse afterwards, but it is intense enough to relieve nasal congestion and benefit as physical fitness.

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