Can I Exercise While Sick?

Q: Should you work out when you have a cold? Anything special to keep in mind?

A: The rule of thumb for exercising while sick is called the above/below-the-neck rule. If your symptoms appear above the neck (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), then yes, you can continue with a low-intensity workout. Studies have shown that exercising at a moderate-intensity level does not intensify cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. Avoid high-intensity exercise, such as heavy weight lifting and high-intensity aerobic training, which has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.

If your symptoms are below the neck (diarrhea, intense coughing, vomiting, fever), then the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest you let your illness run its course before resuming physical activity.

Jillian Michaels, EverydayHealth.com

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Avoid a Cold: Eat, Sleep and Exercise

EverydayHealth.com says paired with washing your hands frequently, eating well, sleeping enough and exercising can prevent colds.  Eating, sleeping and exercising boosts your immune system.  Whole foods and vitamins (if your diet is lacking) can help you make it through this winter without the sniffles.  Check out the article here.

On the note of colds, here’s a good question:

Q: Should you work out when you have a cold? Anything special to keep in mind?

 A: The rule of thumb for exercising while sick is called the above/below-the-neck rule. If your symptoms appear above the neck (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), then yes, you can continue with a low-intensity workout. Studies have shown that exercising at a moderate-intensity level does not intensify cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. Avoid high-intensity exercise, such as heavy weight lifting and high-intensity aerobic training, which has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.If your symptoms are below the neck (diarrhea, intense coughing, vomiting, fever), then the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest you let your illness run its course before resuming physical activity

November 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise. 1 comment.

‘Tis That Time Of Year! Cold Season, That Is!

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From TheStar.com, Prove It: No Zzzzs, You Sneeze

“Studies have demonstrated that poor sleep and susceptibility to colds go hand in hand, and scientists think it could be a reflection of the role sleep plays in maintaining the body’s defences.”

  • Those who slept an average of less than seven hours a night were three times as likely to get sick as those who averaged at least eight hours.
  • Studies have found that mammals that require the most sleep also produce greater levels of disease-fighting white blood cells – but not red blood cells, even though both stem from the same precursor.
  • researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have shown that species that sleep more have greater resistance against pathogens.

September 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Interesting Articles. Leave a comment.

Can I Exercise When Sick?

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From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: Should you work out when you have a cold? Anything special to keep in mind?

A: The rule of thumb for exercising while sick is called the above/below-the-neck rule. If your symptoms appear above the neck (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), then yes, you can continue with a low-intensity workout. Studies have shown that exercising at a moderate-intensity level does not intensify cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. Avoid high-intensity exercise, such as heavy weight lifting and high-intensity aerobic training, which has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.

If your symptoms are below the neck (diarrhea, intense coughing, vomiting, fever), then the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest you let your illness run its course before resuming physical activity.

September 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Dear Diary

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August 22, 2009

Dear Diary,

I’ve been sick with a nasty cold.  I’m hoping mono didn’t return again.  It was very hot in Toronto this past week and I didn’t sleep much, so I think that was what made it so bad.  So I’ve been taking it easy and forcing myself to eat.  Luckily I can down oatmeal,bee wheatgerm, flaxseed and bee pollen.  It’s highly nutritious, so at least even if I don’t meet my calorie requirements, I am getting some vitamins, minerals and macro nutrients.

I haven’t been biking to work or going to the gym as I’m too exhausted and didn’t want to tax my body anymore.   I did do a light weight workout today to stimulate muscles so not to lose much muscle mass through not working out or eating enough.

serneaHave lots of time to watch the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto.  Good semi-finals match – Serena is out!

August 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dear Diary, Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

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