Don’t skip that workout just because you have a cold. Keep going, in the long run you’ll feel better, research has shown.
You are sneezing, spluttering and have trouble breathing through your nose. Surely, your workouts should be put on hold until you feel better? Not according to American researchers who have been studying the results of exercising with a cold. Professor Leonard Kaminsky, an exercise scientist at Ball State University in Indiana, found that colds have little effect on athletic performance and that exercise doesn’t aggravate symptoms such as blocked nose and streaming eyes. A little sweating when you have a cold may even boost the activity of white blood cells that fight infection, Kaminsky says.
“A lot of people in our trials said that they felt OK exercising,” he says. “In some cases, they even felt better.”