Updated 20 August 2015

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Exercise is a great way to build your immunity, but should you stop if you have a cold or the flu?

Experts say that, if you’re already sick, the general rule of thumb is that you can continue moderate exercise if the symptoms are experienced above the neck, such as stuffy noses and sore throats.

If, however, you have a temperature and are experiencing aches and pains in your body, you should rest and give the gym a miss.

For the latest on flu jabs and cold remedies, visit the Cold & Flu Centre.


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