Our expert says:
The best way to determine whether you should go to the gym, or go to bed is the extent and location of your symptoms.
If your symptoms are from the neck up, such as a sore throat, then it's okay to exercise. Physical activity won't slow down your recovery, as long as you don't elevate your heart rate and body temperature too much.
Green light symptoms (yes, you can exercise):
It's best to rest when your symptoms are below the neck, such as a tight chest. Exercising with major cold symptoms, particularly a fever, will prolong your illness and can be dangerous. Physical activity will compromise your immune system as the body focuses on energy production and muscle function instead of fighting the illness.
If your oral temperature is at or over 37.5 °C, your body is fighting an infection, and needs rest to recover.
Red light symptoms (best to avoid exercise)
- fatigue and tiredness
- congested or tight chest
- nausea or upset stomach
- muscle aches
- high temperature / fever
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