Q. I have been working out consistently but now I’ve come down with a cold. Can I keep working out or do I have to stop?
A: If you exercise with a cold, it’s important to listen to your body. Sometimes cold medications such as decongestants can increase your heart rate, as exercise does. The combination of decongestants and exercise might cause your heart to pump too fast, leading to shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. If you’re taking cold medicines, take it easy with your workouts.
If you have a fever with a cold, exercise will stress your body even more. Take a few days off before returning to your regular routine, and ease back into it. Working out too hard with a cold might also hinder your recovery, so pay attention to how your body is responding to the exercise.
Exercise is believed to help boost immune function so if you are exercising regularly chances are you will catch colds less often.
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